Struggling with Stress?
Acute stress and burnout occurs in response to exceptional physical or psychological stress. Stress is the body’s physical response to pressure, whether it is psychological or emotional.
Many factors can add to our stress levels. Common stressors are work, relationships, family life and finances.
Stress is a fairly common experience, and some stress is not harmful. It keeps us at the top of our game, helps us achieve goals, and makes us feel exhilarated.
Excessive stress leads to the release of "Fight or flight” hormones released when we feel under attack and whilst these hormones are intended Th to get us out of danger by preparing us for attack a build up of these hormones leaves our physiology in a state of dysregulation.
Once the danger has passed, the body usually returns to normal. However, if a person is constantly under pressure, stress hormones continue to build up negatively affecting our physiology.
The symptoms of stress may manifest as:
Constantly worrying about problems at work, never ‘switching off’
Feeling tired, because the body and mind are in overdrive, leaving you feeling drained
Not getting a good night’s sleep, especially at the end of your days off
Dreading going to work
Becoming less effective at work, because being stressed makes you indecisive, and also affects short term memory and concentration.
Low mood, depression
Lack of enjoyment of leisure time.
Feeling like you are on a treadmill
Spending less time with your family and friends begins to affect relationships
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Burnout often takes place over a longer time period, and is thought to be a result of excessive stress. The build-up of too much stress without let-up may cause a person to shut down or burn out.
Although stress is an essential pre-requisite for burnout, burnout is not necessarily the result of too much stress.
For burnouts to occur there must be an additional psychological factor.
It is a cycle of negative emotions, paralysis and withdrawal caused by mental, emotional and physical exhaustion.
Physical symptoms can include:
frequent colds and changes in sleep patterns.
Psychological symptoms include:
unappreciated and irritable
These symptoms can result in withdrawal, accidents, increased sick days, and crying.
You may find you increase your consumption of food or alcohol as a way of soothing your symptoms.
What is stressful for one person may not be stressful for another who may find something challenging but not stressful. Too much stress occurs when the demands exceed the person's capacity to cope. To reverse the negative cycle and prevent burnout, you need to take control to relieve the feelings of exhaustion by seeking appropriate therapies that can help to overcome the sense of hopelessness that often accompanies stress.
How to recognise the signs of excessive stress?
Feeling exhausted all the time
No amount of sleep leaves you feeling refreshed on waking
Feeling too tired to do the leisurely things you usually enjoy
The slightest life challenges feel overwhelming