Being burned is one thing, burning yourself is quite another...
Everyone knows the feeling of physical exhaustion, after a long run, a hard day's work, and if you've been a parent, you will know just tiring that can be!
Taking care of your self physically is a given, you only have one body. And lots of people dedicate lots of time and money to doing just that. This is a good thing.
But how much do we invest in our emotional health? And how does our emotional health affect our physical health?
The answer to the second question is, ' a hell of a lot more than you 'think'...
We have all had that feeling at some point in our life, when we barely have the function to operate, just to get through day, when all you want to do is sleep. Exhausted.
This page is about emotional burnout, what it looks like, what it feels like, what are the symptoms and most importantly from a Mindfulness perspective, what are the thought patterns and behaviours behind it? What is driving them? Where did they come from? And how can I start to rewire that part of my brain? Let's dive right in.
The way you think has a profound effect on the way you feel, and the way you feel has an immense effect on your physical health. We can make a huge difference to our daily physical wellbeing by paying attention to and working on our emotional (mental) wellbeing.
You know that expression "you will make yourself ill" when you panic and our loved ones are trying to calm you down?
Well, there is some truth to it and scientific evidence backs up the statement that we can improve our body's response to viruses and illnesses by practicing more mindful and mentally restful life by regulating our internal response to external stress factors.
Here are some tell tale signs you are suffering with emotional burnout:
1. Zero Patience
2. Unusual forgetfulness
3. Persistent hopelessness
4. Short fuse
5. Lack of organization
6. Unexplained headaches
7. Dramatic mood shifts
8. Cognitive execution
9. Lopsided responsibilities
10. Relentless apathy
The impact of emotional burnout cannot be underestimated, and of course there is no doubt, there are many outside factors that contribute, career, family and relationships to mention just a few.
Life will always bring us challenges, but maybe with a different perspective we can view them as opportunities to grow?
The alternative is a life on auto pilot, aimlessly running around trying to make everything work, a place for everything and everything in it's place...
You're emotionally exhausted because you forgot to take care of the one thing, that all the other things working are dependent on, that is you...
You're running on auto pilot and you don't even realise, only this time, your battery is flat.
It's time to change the only thing you really can change, that is you.
Recovering from emotional burnout means taking at look inside your mind, because the secret to feeling good about yourself, to having more energy and feeling more optimistic about life comes from a healthy mindset.
What you feed your mind, is just as if not more important than what you feed your body you don't have a mind and body, they are not separate, they are intrinsically linked.
They are the whole of you...