Burnout does not come naturally and completely abruptly. Often a lengthy process precedes with a lot of constant tension, stress and overload. It is a sneaking process and you are generally aware of it too late. You already experience signals, but ignore them. You go on and on; often on willpower: “It won’t happen to you”!
With a burnout you usually experience a number of the following complaints:
- You often feel tired and listless;
- You are increasingly worrying and you increasingly have negative emotions;
- You have got the feeling that problems are piling up;
- You are quickly and unexpectedly irritable;
- You experience a reduced mental capacity;
- You feel completely exhausted; even after a small mental or physical activity;
- It is difficult for you to really relax;
- At night you lie awake regularly (worrying) and find it hard to catch up on sleep again;
- You can hardly concentrate for a long time. Your thoughts always wander off;
- You experience physical complaints such as dizziness, muscle pain, stiff neck, stomach and intestinal complaints.
Research has also found altered reactions in the brain of people with a burnout. The EEG shows a flatter picture. This could indicate that people with a burnout have more difficulty processing information. And if there is still a need to process this information, extra mental effort is required. That, in turn, leads to mental fatigue that people with a burnout know all too well.
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