Avoid stress burn-out

2015-05-05 06:00

Feeling hopeless, depressed, struggling against exhaustion, yet pushing yourself even harder, longing for the boundless energy you once took for granted?

“You might be heading for burn-out,” says Doctor Dorrian Aiken, part-time lecturer in the field of coaching, organisational transformation and leadership development at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB).

“It seems as if the phenomenon of burn-out is increasing, resulting in the modern-day psychological issues of being both stressed and also lacking vitality – a feeling of not being in touch with one’s own life,” says Aiken.

What should one look for? Aiken points out that during the first stage of burn-out, individuals become anxious and struggle to control stress. “They find that they are unable to deal with issues on a day-to-day basis, and may even ‘fall to pieces’. Sleeping problems, particularly early-morning waking, forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating are also early warning signs,” says Aiken.

“It is very important to constantly evaluate your levels of stress to recognise the symptoms, and then to undo the damage by seeking support.”

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