“I’ve been through burnout syndrome myself, but it took me a long time to realize it and blame it on myself,” says Rachelle Stone, a coach who works on preventing burnout and advising clients on how to manage it when it happens.
He adds that the already difficult situation is complicated by some of the myths that people carry with them, which in turn affects their approach to stressful situations and mental health.
Which statements should you pay attention to and would you prefer not to pay attention to at all?
Myth: Burnout comes from the clearest
When we say burnout, most people think of someone “down there” and just falling apart day by day under the pressure of the outside world. But it’s not that simple and Coach Stone’s experience proves it.
“Looking back, I see my burnout experience as something that happened to me in an instant. But the reality is that I’ve been working on it for years, and I didn’t even know it. I made it through to ignore all the signs,” he said.
Myth: Only a few days to recover
Constant mental stress, resulting health problems, fatigue and other symptoms do not disappear like a magic wand during a few days of rest. It’s not the answer to impending burnout syndrome.
Intermittent, poor-quality sleep due to stress won’t go away with a few days of rest. Lack of mental clarity and focus, feeling helpless, unexplained weight gain or hair loss after a few days off just won’t solve the problem. Professional medical intervention is often required, more permanent in nature.
Myth: Only weak, emotion-based people experience feelings of burnout
Unfortunately, he doesn’t choose burnout. It doesn’t matter if you are the CEO, a waitress or a store manager. If you set the conditions and do not take care of your well-being, you expose yourself to the burn-out syndrome.
Unfortunately, most people who suspect themselves of being at acute risk of burnout do not even focus on themselves and take time to recover because they are afraid of the reactions of the environment, especially the ’employer.
Myth: Passion for what you do is the best prevention
Is the best prevention to do something you really love and stick with it? Definitely not. Of course, it is good to pay attention to what you love, but this should not take time at the expense of rest, family, concern for your own health, etc.
Once a person is unable to set healthy limits on how much they can devote to something and when they can slow down, they will always be at risk of burnout.
Myth: Burnout only affects women
Although from a very layman’s point of view, it may seem that women are more prone to burnout than men, due to many worries not only at work but also in caring for family and household , This is not the case.
“Burnout doesn’t discriminate between gender, age, or ethnicity,” says Stone. However, the symptoms of burnout vary considerably at different stages in the lives of working men and women.
Men and women aged 20 to 35, then those aged 55 and over, are particularly at risk of burnout. In the latter case, it has more to do with aging, when the body’s natural ability to resist stress automatically declines.
For today’s younger group, this may be because many of them have experienced a situation in which their parents often and often sacrificed themselves to provide for their families.
Many have seen parents lose their jobs, their homes, and their pride because of various things. They understand that no one but themselves will take better care of them, so they build their careers with great determination, which often hurts them.
Myth: Burnout means the end of a career
Burnout is not the end of a career. It’s a start when you can start enjoying a career on real terms, Stone says. It is simply time to set limits on what is already power.
“You have to realize that you are working so that you can live a good life with your family. You are not working so you can always be rewarded with more work,” explains the coach.
As he adds, it will definitely take some time for everything to calm down again. But you have to realize that burnout is a fresh start with new, and mostly only your terms. Will you stay in your current job, but under better and less stressful conditions? Or do you decide for a drastic change? Both are good, but it’s up to you.