One subject that’s clear to me that burnout has become a hidden epidemic that affects people in many different fields.
Most of us can relate to being tired, but maybe we didn’t know we had burnout. But I fear it’s a major issue facing society and It’s about time we talked about it and took steps to take care of ourselves and those around us.
So, what is ‘burnout’? Burnout is a state of being physically and emotionally tired all the time. It can have serious effects on a person’s mental health, their work, and quality of life. Does this sound familiar to some of you?
I’ll preface this with my own story of burnout.
My symptoms started in March 2022; I was dragging myself out of bed and I was exhausted almost every day. At the time I wrote it off as age finally catching up to me or medication I had been on. I eased off my gym workouts with my son and spent a little more time, relaxing and napping.
By April, I was feeling overwhelmed with normal everyday tasks and by May, I was starting to skip events because I didn’t feel well enough to attend and have lengthy conversations with people. My partner, Matt noticed this change and that I was becoming easily frustrated so he suggested I go to the doctor.