What is burn out?
A syndrome of emotional exhaustion, where a person can be led to a place where they feel like they have lost themselves and like nothing they do makes a difference or achieves anything.
It is a response to the unmanaged chronic emotional strain of dealing extensively and intensively with other human beings. Burn out is common amongst people who have a caring role, and subsequently it is something we assess for when we meet with new families.
Symptoms of burn out
- Feelings of apathy towards relationships, family and work
- Resistance to returning calls/messages
- Daydreaming and escapist fantasy
- A sense of disconnection from the world
- Prescription and non prescription drugs used to anaesthetise self
- Lack of humour, creativity, spontaneity
- Falling behind in daily tasks
- Leisure time preferences for passive entertainment such as TV
- Difficulty switching off from responsibilities
If some of these symptoms start to hit home for you, there are many many ways we can prevent burnout that will be covered this month. Even just taking 5-10 minutes per day to do something you enjoy, or to have some silence, or to take some deep breaths can help to reduce the symptoms.