BRITS are getting close to the height of summer.
With that comes weddings, picnics, parties and socialising – all of which can leave us feeling a little worn out.
Not to mention work pressures, deadlines and family obligations that can make us feel like we have no time to ourselves.
All of these stresses piling into one over a long period of time can leave us feeling exhausted – and this is commonly known as burnout.
In many cases, the illness can happen when you feel completely drained and is often caused by a combination of your job, personal relationships and commitments all getting too much.
One doctor has now revealed the four signs you should never ignore when it comes to the condition.
Posting to TikTok, Dr Julie Smith said the first sign, is that you have become disconnected from the people around you.
She explained: “You might be arguing more with your partner or your friends.
“Number two is that you’re procrastinating more than ever and putting off even the smallest of tasks because they now feel overwhelming.”
Dr Smith said the third sign that you are headed to burnout, is that your self-care routine has gone out of the window.
She said this includes neglecting things such as your diet, exercise routines and not getting enough sleep.
The fourth red flag, Dr Smith added, is that you are physically and emotionally exhausted.
“You feel tired, but wired, and you can’t sleep at night,” she added.
It’s important to note that burnout might happen to people in different ways.
Life coach Selina Barker said while the signs can vary, most people will suffer total and utter exhaustion.
Writing in her book ‘Burnt Out: The Exhausted Person’s Six Step Guide to Thriving in a Fast-Paced World – she said that the more generalised signs of burn out also include loss of compassion and focus.
She added that making mistakes you wouldn’t usually make and doubting your abilities are also key signs.
“These are all signs that your body has had enough. It wants you to stop and you need to listen.
“You need to treat this as though you have a really bad flu – your priority now need to be rest.
Resources that can help if you’re struggling with burnout
Burnout can feel isolating, but there are services that can help.
“Cancel your plans, turn off your phone. Talk to someone that loves you and let them know how you are feeling.
“If you’re feeling in any way scared about your mental health, do not hesitate to speak to a professional,” she added.
If you’re struggling with burnout then the NHS said there are some things you can do to tackle it.
This includes splitting up big tasks that are overwhelming into smaller projects that are more digestable.
Official guidance states you should also challenge your thoughts – as the way we think impacts the way we feel.
Medics also say you should plan ahead, be more active and allow yourself positivity.
They added: “Trusted friends, family and colleagues, or contacting a helpline, can help us when we are struggling.”
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