Defeating the 3 Kinds of Life Sapping Burnout
by Kevin Hogan
Burnout Syndrome was named by Gail North and Herbert Freudenberger (I swear, that is the man's name!)
Here, the person can be burned out even when they find their work fulfilling and they love to do it. Over time, this person willingly puts in more hours, more time, more work, becomes better at the job and loves the work.
The perfect employee.
Unfortunately, this person leaves no time for anything except work.
This causes cognitive dissonance where the brain says it needs to have the family back or be doing yoga, but the body is working and working.
A revision of values takes place and working becomes the sole criteria for fulfillment. The person becomes isolated from friends and family and they become cynical and aggressive toward those in their environment.
This person becomes fearful, shy and apathetic and on the inside, they feel worthless. Their work after all serves no significant purpose at this point. They ultimately become depressed...maybe after seeking out addictions or wild behavior to solve the emptiness they feel inside.
There are a few ways to rise from burnout, according to Grit Vollmer.
First, simple things like eating well and getting enough rest go a long way. So often the burned out person doesn't take time for sleep or naps.
Next, a hobby or activity is a must.
Running, CD's, music, yoga, etc. Anything is better than the single-focus life that leads to depression.
Third, the person should attempt to bring a person or people into their life again. The burned out person needs to connect or reconnect with friends.
Finally, the ability to engage in self-hypnosis for things like progressive muscle relaxation can be very helpful.
Regardless of which of the three types of burn out you or someone you care about has...it's worth remembering that life is short, and, as John Lennon said, "This ain't no dress rehearsal."
And he was right.
Fix it now.
- Eat Well
- Get Plenty of Rest
- Develop a Hobby or Regular Enjoyable Activity
- Connect/Reconnect With People
- Engage in Self-Hypnosis for Relaxation
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