And if it is, you’re in good company. 93% of the women we asked reported symptoms of burnout.
We asked over 1,000 women if, over the course of the past year they have experienced burnout — emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress that occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands?
93% said yes.
Maybe you’ve heard the term burnout, but may not know exactly what it is — or if you’ve ever had it. According to experts, burnout is a state of unhappiness or detachment that’s caused by periods of prolonged stress.
We all have bad days. So, what’s the difference between a bad day and burnout?
When you’re truly burned out, every day feels like a bad day. You’re constantly overwhelmed, emotionally drained and unable to keep up with life’s demands. You might feel like you’re drowning in a sea of work, life and family responsibilities — while also feeling like you’re not “doing a good job” with any of them.
“A face-to-face conversation with someone you trust is one of the easiest ways to relieve stress.”
The good news is there are things you can do to prevent or reverse it.
- Evaluate your nutrition. This means no skipping meals, and ensuring you eat the right things. When we’re stressed, we often turn to exactly the wrong things to keep us going, like caffeine, sugar and alcohol. While these might make us feel good in the moment, they can exacerbate stress and make it worse in the long run. Better choices include healthy fats, high-quality proteins and plenty of fruits and veggies for lasting, sustainable energy and necessary nutrients.
- Consider supplements that support stress levels like DeStress from Rae.
- Talk to someone. Reach out to your friends, your work wife, or those close to you. A face-to-face conversation with someone you trust is one of the easiest ways to relieve stress. They don’t need to fix your problems or give you advice; when you’re really going through it, what you need most is someone to listen.
- Play hooky. Take a day off when you need it. Make sure you keep your to-do list at bay and use the day to focus on yourself. Schedule it in advance or call out on a day you need it the most.
- Get moving. Even light exercise is known to relieve stress almost instantly. Bonus points for working out with a buddy or taking a group fitness class. (See #3, regarding time with friends.)
- Remember that you are crushing it. A little self-love goes a long way as you work to reset from burnout. Focus on what you have accomplished, not what needs to get done.
Try putting these 6 things on your to-do list to make sure they are a priority. Because you have a big life, and a world to conquer, and don’t have time to let burnout slow you down.
Worried your burnout might be leading to depression? Consult your doctor right away.