As women, we’re often told that it’s okay to want it all; that we can have it all; and that we can do it all. What exactly is “ALL” though – and why do we feel the need to be responsible for everything?
There is a lot of pressure on women to be the perfect everything — perfect mom, wife, sibling, daughter, employee; the list could go on forever. The problem is, the more pressure we experience from others and put on ourselves, the more susceptible to burnout we become.
Here are 3 warning signs that you might be experiencing burnout:
You Are Experiencing Depression and/or Anxiety
- your patience is extremely low, and mood swings almost constant
- feelings of sadness, negativity, and self-doubt are ever present and take over positive thoughts
- sleep is impacted: worry and fear keep you up, causing a vicious cycle of depression
You Are Physically Weakened
- you seem to be more susceptible to colds and illnesses
- you consistently experience debilitating pain, upset stomach, racing heart, dizziness, and/or headaches
- you are unmotivated, unable, and/or unwilling to move, be active, or get fresh air
- your appetite is disrupted; loss of appetite or enjoyment in eating
You Are Overwhelmed
- you lack energy, motivation, and concentration
- you cannot seem to find a positive aspect to your days
- you feel like work and/or your list of things to do is never-ending and you are lacking support
If any of these warning signs sound familiar, consult with your family doctor or other health care practitioner. It’s important to take action and move towards helping yourself to feel better. Most importantly, before any work can be done, you need to be honest with yourself about how you are feeling. Admitting that you are struggling is a crucial strength to implement, and is not a sign of weakness.
The following areas of your daily habits can be a good start to overcoming burnout:
- Eating Well: You need the right fuel to keep you going; eat a well-balanced and healthy diet to improve your mood and increase your energy levels. For simple ideas, try these clean eating options.
- Sleep Well: Sleep in a cool, dark room free of noise and electronics. Be consistent with your sleep routine. Go to bed every night at around the same time, and get up in the morning at the same time each day as well. Avoid beverages, including alcohol and caffeine, at least 4 to 6 hours before going to bed.
- Find Balance: What do you love to do? Make sure that you are trying to balance out your days between your priorities and the things that bring you joy. Incorporate work, family, and fun, and if you need to, take a break from work to focus more on what brings you happiness.
At the end of the day, it’s important to understand that your health and well being effects every aspect of your life, and the lives of those closest to you.
Ask for help when you need it.
Pause and take a break when you are feeling run down.
Reach out to others and share your feelings.
You do not have to feel like this forever, and you do not have to go it alone.