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Burnout is not a modern day disease, it is reality for an ever growing population, especially in Brussels we see a sharp rise. Burnout is a feeling of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion. It is something that can be prevented by building the necessary mental skills to create stress resilience.
However, you do not wake up one day and have a burnout. Burnout is a gradual process.
If you are heading towards a burnout you are most likely to experience some or several of the following symptoms:
The exhaustion you will experience gradually builds up as stress hormones keep flooding your body. This circle of physical and mental exhaustion builds up to a point where the body will shutdown. Once that point is reached you actually ‘have a burnout’. A physical and mental recovery from burnout is hard and can take up to 3 years. That’s why preventing it and noticing the signals your body is sending you is of vital importance.
If you have been struggling with your feelings about work, work-life balance and your energy levels then raise the issue with your doctor and rule out any medical causes for your symptoms. Then find yourself a good coach or counselor to assess where you stand and how you can change your situation.
I am a trained psychological counselor, a career coach and holistic health counselor. My career in business has made me observe employee burnout firsthand; in my private practice I work with people to prevent burnout or to recover from burnout.