It has happened to me that someone asks me, What are you doing ?, and I answer that I am about to write a column. At times, I have added that I don’t know exactly what to write about. Several times I have been told to write about “burnout.” Ok … so here it goes.
Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion that arises from repeated or prolonged stress. Although it is often caused by problems at work, it can also appear in other areas of life, such as dealing with parenting, caring for others, or romantic relationships. I already understood why they insisted that I write about burnout. I suffer from it. I can put a check mark on all the areas in which stress overload can occur. And I can also check a large part of the physical symptoms that stress inflicts on the body.
Headaches, colitis, poor appetite, indigestion, weight gain or loss, joint pain, lack of desire, anxiety (ah, that’s not physical). Yes, there are emotional and mental symptoms as well. There is not enough, everything is too much. I am fat, ugly and nobody loves me (something like a repeated loop of adolescence / or menopause).
I think burnout comes with little signs. Today I don’t want to get up, tomorrow I want to cancel a couple of appointments, the day after tomorrow I get angry because things are not going according to my plan, then I feel defeated by inevitable things. Someone tells me that I am not what I thought. And the “good morning” that I expected never came. Let’s take care of the details before they cascade.