Burnout is a topic everyone is talking about, and to the “hit the wall” unfortunately becomes more and more common.
As you start a new year at full speed and is jumping straight back into works, family, friends, and obligations, it’s common to forget about reflecting on how you actually feel. Maybe you’re even having thoughts like “I go on for a little bit longer” or “things will get better soon”.
So, how do you know that the stress in your everyday life is harmful to you? We share the warning signs you should take seriously so that you know when to pull the handbrake.
1. Your temper
Irritated often? It may be your partner, colleague, friends or even your dog who gets to taste your mood swings and your lack of patience. When stress takes over, small things often blow up to massive problems even though it is only small trivialities.
2. Your sleep
Troubles of sleeping? Having trouble falling asleep, often waking up in the middle of the night or having trouble going back to sleep is common when you go through an extra stressful period. Sleep issues are a sign that your body doesn’t get enough recovery during the day to be able to relax in order to sleep well.
3. Your energy level
Always tired? To wake up tired even though you slept 8 hours, or lacking the energy to spend time with friends after work, going to the gym or reading fairy tales for your children is a sign that your energy level is running out.
4. Your enthusiasm
Your glow is fading? When nothing feels fun anymore or when you have lost the ability to look forward to things that you usually look forward to, it is time to pull the brake.
5. Ditt immunförsvar
Often sick? Living on adrenaline works for a while, but when the energy reserves go dry, your immune system is greatly affected and you become ill more often. Colds that never go away or are often coming back, dizziness and headaches are the body’s way of telling you that you’re pushing too hard.
Can you relate? Don’t worry! There are ways to make a positive change in your situation. Your most important task in this situation is to quickly pull the hand brake and to get an overview of your situation to find a sustainable and healthy way forward. To schedule time for recovery, physical exercise, and routines for sleep are three keys to a lower stress levels.
For most people, however, it’s difficult to know where to start. Together with a therapist at BlueCall, you get help to map out your specific situation and set up routines to regain balance in your everyday life.