Do you suspect you might have a burnout? Take the test!
Burnout is a condition with physical and psychological symptoms. It’s not a disease and it’s not something that can be clinically tested (yet). Though there is a test designed to indicate if you have a burnout or you are on your way to have one: this is the link.
What are the symptoms?
- Sleeping less then 8 hours or wake up a lot during the night
- Feeling very tired when waking up
- Sore muscles
- Feeling feverish or ill
- Low energy but still very stressed and uptight
- Headaches on a regular basis
- Chronic hyperventilation
- Much more receptive to aches and uneasiness in the body
- Intestinal problems
- Sore throat
- Feeling anxious or fearful
- Desire to be distracted or feeling numb. For example watching tv excessively
- Lack of concentration, focus and productivity at home or work
- Crying easily or for ‘no reason’
- Anxious or stressed about work
- No or little sexual desire
- No desire to meet people or be socialbe
- No time or desire to have fun or spend free time
- Being short tempered or angry easily
What is burnout exactly?
It is a condition where the adrenal glands were forced to produce cortisol on a high level from a prolonged period of time (months or years). This happens because you feel deeply stressed about a particular situation in your life.
This is not the result of a few weeks of stress in your work. People who develop a burnout are already preconditioned from their childhood. They cultivated an attitude towards themselves due to deep wounding experiences as a child or teenager.
What happens is that due to this persistent source of emotional stress a continuous signal is given to your adrenal glands to produce CORTISOL. One of the most important stress hormones in our body.
The presence of cortisol is a good thing. It keeps us alert and energized.
THE PROBLE IS THAT BECAUSE OF THE ONGOING STRESS SIGNAL OF THE BRAIN, THE ADRENAL GLAND PRODUCES A MUCH HIGHER LEVEL OF CORTISOL ON A DAILY BASIS
This causes severe exhaustion of the adrenal gland and consequently of the entire body. Other organs, glands and systems start to malfunction in turn. This is where all the symptoms come from.
Burnout contains two phases
FIRST PHASE: The ongoing stress makes cortisol circulate in the body in a high amount. This causes hypertension and overstimulation. You feel supercharged and feel like you can’t stop DOING.
SECOND PHASE : The supply of cortisol gets dried up and is now very low instead of very high. You feel exhausted and drained physically, mentally and emotionally. This is the moment were feeling ‘burnt out’ kicks in.
Now what to do? Do you recognize yourself?
Then I have something for you!
I made a MINI-COURSE where I teach you how you got to having a burnout. And what makes you susceptible for it.
Moreover, I provide a kickstart exercise for you to start handling your burnout today!