Emotional burnout: Why it happens and how to escape from him


This is a much more serious problem than you think. To cope with it, you will significantly improve your life.

Imagine the situation: your colleague who joined the company along with you a few years ago, makes a spectacular career, vigorously moving from one company to another. And if you come to a standstill, although in the beginning clearly showed more zeal, and your head is pointed. You have a desire to grow, but for some reason, no strength, as if something interferes to make the leap and get the coveted promotion.

Or did you learn that the “company of dreams” opened up “job of dreams”, but in order to get it again, you need to strain? What kind of super can be discussed if right now in the mail fell twentieth letter, the answer to which waiting for “URGENT”?

If you recognize any of this, you feel fatigue and indifference to work, then with high probability you are faced with emotional burnout.

With me something not so?

According to the study presented in the book “From the urgent to the important” Steve McClatchy, more than 60% of working people at the end of the day I feel physically exhausted. Often emotional burnout are experiencing the most responsible employees of the company who gave it in full at the start, or those whose waiting position is not justified. It is common in people whose occupations related to “dedication”: teachers, doctors, rescue workers, artists. The volume of the resulting human energy spent is less than or expected, which leads to emotional exhaustion.

But there are more fundamental reasons. Modern historians and sociologists argue that people (homo sapiens) are not designed for every seat in the office. At the dawn of civilization our ancestors, who differed from us on a biological level, worked several times smaller. Yuval Noah Harari, “Sapiens: a brief history of mankind” says that people in primitive societies hunted an average of only one day in three, and collecting devoted three to six hours a day. All the while, people talked and went about their hobby.

Moreover, we are in a state of stress more often than our ancestors. Our brain, like the brain of any mammal, constantly scans the surrounding reality in search of potential threats. No matter, whether it is physical danger or social — on any of them hormonal system reacts according to a mechanism. Many thousands of years ago our ancestor, the body which is a little different from ours, the real danger was waiting for from time to time in the form of a bear or other large predator, dangerous in the form of a disgruntled message from the chief messenger can occur every second.

Another problem, which at first glance does not look it, is multitasking. The pace of life is constantly accelerating, people are often forced to choose between several options every minute. As a result of surge in age-related changes in the prefrontal cortex (responsible for cognition) can be detected earlier than those people who are not survivors of emotional burnout.

What do I do? How do I live?

Hanite your “happy hormones”! Here is a small list of activities that will help you to increase their production in the body:

  • Serotonin: new experiences, challenges, approval, meditation, exercise, healthy sleep;
  • Endorphin: spicy food, dark chocolate, funny videos, strenuous exercise, pleasant odors;
  • Dopamine: a contrast shower, sun, clear ideas;
  • Oxytocin: emotional movies, massage, gifts, sharing food.

Sleep more. This is the most natural way to replenish energy reserves.

If the first two tips don’t help, and after discussing with the doctor and start taking vitamins. For example, vitamin D helps to strengthen the immune system and be more energetic.

Think about the goal. Try honestly to answer the question, why do you work? If the main reason is money then focus on what you can buy for them or what problem they can solve. If your work brings you more emotional satisfaction, remember the best moments when you thanked those who have helped you. Let this memory will be your “Patronus” when you would fall again the mountain of meaningless small tasks.

Speaking of small tasks. Coming in the morning to the office, start the day with the most disgusting, but not urgent. Deciding it, you will feel the relief and energy for the next few hours.

In the end, talk to the chief. If you have adequate boss, then maybe this tip could be for you the most effective. Ask him for greater autonomy, if you are tired of attention to detail, or tell us about your idea for a new project that you would like to embody in life. Don’t be afraid of responsibility, afraid of the swamp!

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