Do you have any of the following symptoms? If so, you may be suffering from burnout.
- Fatigue or exhaustion
- Hives and rashes
- Increased mental distance from one’s job
- Feelings of negativity or cynicism related to one’s job
- Digestive problems
- Reduced professional efficacy
- Aches and pains, including headaches
- Sleepless nights
- An increase in cortisol that causes weight gain—especially around your middle
- Imbalanced hormones, which can lead to low libido
- Chronic signs of inflammation, like joint aches and pains
- Decreased willpower and decision-making ability
- Catching colds, UTIs, yeast infections, and cold-sore outbreaks more often than you should
According to the International Classification of Diseases, or the ICD-11 (W.H.O.) handbook, burnout is now a medical diagnosis. The ICD-11 guide aids medical professionals as they diagnose diseases. Before diagnosing burnout, the document says doctors should first rule out adjustment disorder, anxiety, and mood disorders. The diagnosis is limited to work environments and shouldn’t be applied to other life situations.
Burnout happens when you’ve pushed your stress response system past its limit of resilience. You’ve been ‘stretched’ for so long that your body’s stress system—the circuit between your brain and your adrenals—is strained. And when even your stress system is stressed, you know you’ve got a problem! When you have burnout, the downstream effects of all this show up in your body, mind, and mood.
When even your stress system is stressed, you know you’ve got a problem!
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms of burnout, please reach out to our office to take a holistic approach and make a lifestyle change!