There are many factors that can contribute to a burnout. Raising a family, running a household and having a full-time job in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment are just some of the common scenarios. For many women, they begin to feel a sense of anguish and defeat. When this happens, many other feelings begin to emerge, such as depression, loss of appetite, anxiety, sleeplessness and the inability to get motivated. Whether you experience one or all of these symptoms, you may very well be on your way to a burnout. The good news is that with a support staff in place and a rehab center you can and will recover.
Know the warning signs
Early detection is key to preventing a nervous breakdown. For you, if you’ve had on and off overwhelming feelings for some time that take over, you may want to address them with a professional such as a therapist or psychiatrist. This in no way labels you as crazy, it just means that you are in need of release. You need someone you can open up to and remove the bottled up feelings. Maybe your day starts and ends with diaper changes, or you have an insurmountable workload. Whatever your situation is an outside ear, unbiased and unaffected by the problems, can give you sound advice on how to best deal with your situation. If you know something isn’t quite right with you, that you aren’t your normal self, getting outside help will prevent you from losing your job and your family.
Stress and your health
I’m sure you’ve heard it before but, it’s worth repeating. If you don’t take care of yourself first, you can’t take care of anyone else. The statement may sound selfish, but if you think about it for a moment, you’ll realize that it’s true. When you feel good about you, it emanates to others around you.
Working around the clock 24/7 isn’t good for anyone. You need downtime. Creating time for you will give you the freedom you need. Private moments are important for your sanity. Take a long walk, sign up for classes at the gym or read a good book. At a rehab center like Sandy’s Place, you’ll have access to various programs that induce relaxation. It’s not what you do so much as it’s having the time to spend on you. Find an outlet to release your stress and you’ll improve your overall health.
Working and enjoying your vacation
When you’re an executive and you leave for vacation often times the workload can pile up beyond your belief. When you return you spend the first few days catching up and sorting through files, returning calls and addressing issues. Sometimes it may not seem worth the trouble to even go away on vacation. A way to improve this situation and end the cycle is to appoint a qualified person or persons to continue with your work in your absence. This way when you return you’ll just get filled in on what happened instead of trying to dig through a pile that seems never ending.
Learn to delegate work at home and at the office
When you take on every task because you need to be in control, you give up living. Your time is spent handling everything at home like the shopping, cooking, cleaning and taking care of children. Then there’s your day at the office where you’re on call for every problem. It’s too much. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly. You do not need to do it all nor can you. Sooner or later it will catch up to you and when it does it will be life altering. Instead, learn to trust others to do some of the work, it may not be done the same way you would do it, but that doesn’t matter. If you begin to step away from a few chores and tasks you’ll find that at the end of your day you feel good.
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