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Understanding Personal Burnout – A Deep Dive

Introduction

Personal burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion that results from a prolonged period of stress and high demand. It’s a silent thief that slowly chips away at your energy, motivation, and productivity. We often brush aside our basic needs in the pursuit of success and achievements, ignoring the subtle cues that our body and emotions send us.

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The Theory of Personal Burnout

Personal burnout is the accumulation of consistently ignoring what our body and emotions signal to us. Our body communicates to us through a variety of signals – hunger, thirst, sadness, anger, and fatigue. These signals are critical cues that help us understand what we need in each moment.

As humans, we have a built-in safety mechanism to protect ourselves from threats and dangers – the fight or flight response. This response is activated when we feel threatened, preparing us to either face the danger or escape it.

However, when we ignore these cues, they intensify. In many cases, we only acknowledge the need for rest when our body has reached a breaking point, and our defences are weakened. As a result, we become susceptible to illness. To prevent burnout, it’s crucial that we pay attention to these cues and act accordingly.

Practical Tips to Prevent Personal Burnout

Preventing personal burnout requires a balanced lifestyle that prioritises self-care. Here are some practical tips you can apply:

  1. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you’re hungry, make time to eat a nutritious meal instead of just grabbing a fast-food option. If you’re tired, make sure to get enough rest.
  2. Manage Your Emotions: Acknowledge your emotions. If you’re feeling angry or sad, allow yourself to express these feelings instead of bottling them up. This could mean having a good cry when you’re feeling down or finding healthy outlets for your anger.
  3. Practice Mindfulness: Mindfulness can help you become more in tune with your body and emotions. Practices like meditation, yoga, or even a simple walk in nature can help you become more present and aware of your body’s signals.
  4. Set Boundaries: This includes saying ‘no’ when necessary and not overloading yourself with too many tasks or responsibilities.

Conclusion

Preventing personal burnout involves acknowledging and responding to the cues our bodies and emotions send us. It’s a commitment to self-care and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Remember, it’s not about the destination, but the journey. So, make sure your journey is a healthy and balanced one. As the saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” So, take care of yourself first, and everything else will fall into place.

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About the author

Jessica Kelly


Jessica, Founder and CEO of The Mindset Consultancy, boasts a decade of rich experience in IT, Brand Development, and Corporate Wellbeing. Recognising the convergence of these sectors, Jessica leveraged her versatile expertise to establish The Mindset Consultancy (formerly known as Meet Your Mind) in 2019. As a qualified practitioner in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindset Coaching, and Corporate Wellness Consultancy, her holistic approach to wellbeing is incorporated seamlessly into her leadership strategies. Jessica also engages audiences as a podcast host, author, and keynote speaker at various events. Jessica’s international living experience across the UK, Australia, and Thailand has honed her unique insight into harmonising professional and personal life. With a steadfast commitment to fostering a wellbeing-centric culture within corporate landscapes, Jessica advocates for both employers and employees, ensuring mental health is prioritised and businesses continue to thrive and grow.
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