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From Burned Out to Fired Up: 11 Strategies for Self-Care and to Create a Path Out of Burnout

By | Hacking HR |

It has a name. It sure does.

That constant and seemingly irreparable exhaustion you are feeling day in and day out, the hopelessness you experience because it feels as if nothing can fix it, and the idea that you can continue grinding and hustling in spite of it (because that’s what you were told “success” looks like), it does have a name.

It is burnout, and you are not alone if you are feeling burned out.

There is nothing inherently wrong with you because you are experiencing burnout. And you are not stronger because you think you are defeating burnout by grinding and hustling harder, nor are you weak because you understand how burnout is negatively impacting you and decide to do something about.

Burnout is serious.

You may not know that you are burned out because you have normalized its symptoms and rationalized that “it is what it is” and that “this is what the road to success requires”. Regardless of what you call it, the symptoms of burnout are very clear:

  • Chronic fatigue or exhaustion
  • Insomnia or sleep disturbances
  • Reduced immunity, leading to frequent illnesses
  • Irritability, negativity, or cynicism
  • Feeling detached or disconnected from others
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
  • Loss of enjoyment in activities you used to enjoy
  • Reduced productivity or effectiveness at work
  • Physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches
  • Increased substance abuse and addition, such as the use of drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines burnout as “a syndrome that results from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”.

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