Mental burnout is a term coined by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger in the 1970s. He defined it as “a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive job demands.” Symptoms include feeling frustrated with work, having low self-esteem, and not enjoying your usual activities outside of work.
If you are feeling burnt out, you might experience;
- Being easily irritated or quick to anger
- Feeling anxious or on edge
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Losing interest in activities that once were enjoyable
Not to worry, though! There are some effective natural ways to avoid this emotionally and physically taxing condition.
Let us explore what mental burnout is, what causes it, and how it can be treated naturally!
What is Mental Burnout?
Mental burnout is a term used to describe the state of being mentally exhausted. Its symptoms are similar to those that one would experience after physical exertion- fatigue, exhaustion, decreased interest in work and other activities, loss of concentration.
A person experiencing mental burnout may also feel an emotional detachment from their work or life in general. The condition can vary in duration from days or weeks to years; some people find relief by taking time off while others find it difficult to recover without additional treatment.
What causes mental burnout?
There are many factors that can cause mental burnout. Some of these include work overload, lack of balance in one’s life, and social isolation.
There is a correlation between overwork and the severity of symptoms which lead to increased risk for mental health issues such as depression or anxiety disorders, among other things. It is also very common for those who experience excessive stress will find themselves being unable to cope with their situation due to poor self-care habits, exhaustion/disinterest related to it, and emotional detachment from what they do on a daily basis (even if this includes enjoyable activities).
Moreover, the pandemic hullabaloo has been adding to burnout or mental exhaustion-like symptoms worldwide in people. This is due to panic, frustration, and isolation.
How can people avoid burnout naturally?
Some of the best ways to avoid mental burnout are by taking time off from work and giving yourself a break. You can also take care of your physical health with regular exercise, healthy nutritious food, sleep (7 hours per night), or even spending some time in nature for at least 30 minutes each day. Living the natural way is the crux here.
If you are feeling burnt out mentally due to overwork, then it may be a good idea to try mindfulness techniques such as meditation which has been shown numerous benefits on relieving stress while improving cognitive abilities and emotional stability, among others.
Self-care is important to maintain an already healthy mental state. Advanced self-care techniques are easy to practice and only require small changes in your lifestyle, including reading inspirational quotes before bedtime or practicing gratitude every day, but they can also help you get out of burnout.
You can read more about how to avoid mental burnout as a result of modern lifestyle.
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