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Burnout: A Call to Not Abandon Ourselves

Updated: Feb 7


Diagram depicting the Burnout Cycle from stages 1 to 5. This visual guide illustrates the progression from early signs to habitual burnout. Providing insights into breaking the cycle. #BurnoutCycle #Stagesofburnout  #MentalWellness"
Freudenberger's Burnout Cycle: Journey from Exhaustion to Empowerment. Reclaiming your vitality #BurnoutRecovery #Empowerment


Do you often find yourself grappling with exhaustion, feeling overwhelmed, and sensing burnout? You're far from alone. According to Mental Health UK, a staggering 91% of adults in the UK have reported experiencing high or extreme levels of pressure and stress at some point in the past year. In alignment with this, research conducted by Westfield Health reveals that almost half (46%) of the UK workforce is close burnout.

 

Burnout can seep into every aspect of our lives, affecting not only our professional performance but also our personal well-being. Burnout can manifest in physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. When we find ourselves burnt out, it often correlates with a disconnect from our sense of purpose and meaning. In the midst of the chaos, we may lose sight of the larger picture, unable to connect with our "why."

 

Burnout often happens in stages. It often starts with feeling emotionally drained (emotional exhaustion). This can lead to negative feelings and a sense of being disconnected from work or personal life (depersonalisation or cynicism). As burnout continues, people may feel less successful and competent in what they do. The impact on well-being can also show up physically, causing issues like headaches, stomach problems, and a higher chance of getting sick. In the end, burnout can result in complete exhaustion, where people lose motivation, engagement, and may withdraw from both work and personal duties.

 

Burnout as a call to prioritise self-care and stop abandoning ourselves

Burnout can serve as a call urging us to re-evaluate our priorities and restore balance in our lives. It’s a call that attempts to remind us that self-care and self-reflection are not a luxury but a necessity. It challenges us to question our choices and the ways we live. Ultimately, burnout is not just a symptom of overwork; it's a profound invitation to listen to ourselves and choose a path that aligns with our truest values and aspirations. Will we answer its call and embark on a journey towards a more balanced and fulfilling existence? The decision lies within our willingness to answer.


Addressing burnout requires a conscious effort to strengthen our inner compassion and discernment. 1. Can we be compassionate and curious about our experience of burnout without judgment of ourselves? 2. Reflecting on our relationship to work, deeper dynamics, and identifying fundamental issues are important. I.e is this about strengthening your capacity to be in dynamic situations or do you need to remove yourself and find a more supportive environment that doesn't cause burnout?


Integrating grounding practices can help us to feel safe during times of burnout when our bodies are in stress responses. Any practice that helps bring us into the present moment and connect to ourselves and others will enable us to feel safe.


Grounding practices are techniques that aid in reconnecting with the present moment and establishing a sense of stability. They serve to anchor us in the now, providing respite from stress. Utilising breathwork as a tool to calm the mind and regulate the nervous system can be a very effective way to ground. The breath serves as a reliable friend that’s always been there and brings comfort and stability when we feel overwhelmed.


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