Are you stressed or heading towards burnout? (or... How to boil a frog!)
The first in a three part series of articles from Vanda North about how to recognise and deal with stress.
There is a metaphoric story which says that if you put a frog in cold water and then slowly heat it, it just stays there and quietly boils to death. (Note: NO frogs were hurt because of this article.)
And so, what about you?
Are you about to be boiled to death?
You manage the strain from stressors – work, home and life stressors – and slowly they build and build. At work are you experiencing demanding work hours, toxic co-workers, poor communications, constant changes and inadequate work/life balance, just to name a few?
Each stressor gently heats up the water around you, until it is boiling, and you are suffering not just with the strain from stress, but all the way to total burnout.
Are you experiencing any of these eight warning signs?
1. Do you have frequent insomnia?
Have you found yourself tossing and turning many nights at the thought of having to return to that wretched job you just can’t stomach? Unfortunately, displeasure with a job, a boss or co-worker may affect your sleep patterns, which in turn starts to affect your health and resilience.
2. Do you feel angry and hostile?
Have you felt frequent anger and hostility towards your employer and co-workers for any (or no) reason? You experience a current of just under the skin frustrations and irritations. Beware, as anger and hostility are the emotions most strongly associated with heart disease.
3. Do you feel anxious, fearful and/or uneasy?
Do you anticipate some form of bad news, being criticised or just others (or your) bad attitudes? Sometimes it is just a faceless, energy sapping fear. These stressors should not be ignored as they may lead to emotional and physical distress.
4. Are you frequently sick?
Are you surrounded by co-workers who are constantly sneezing, wheezing and coughing in or around your personal space? Germs and dust mites are consistently congregating on your phone, computer and other office devices and if your resilience is low, may lead to several bouts of sickness throughout the year.
5. Is your workplace noisy and distracting?
Are you in an open office space? It there a lot of noise and movement around you? Are you sitting under glaring florescent lights? Persistent exposure to loud and / or just constant noises may not only affect your hearing, they may also cause unnecessary tension and headaches. This means your concentration and focus suffer, mistakes and accidents happen at this time.
6. Are you starting to put on weight?
Are you sitting at a desk most of the day? If you have a sedentary job you need to watch the food and drinks you are consuming. It is so easy to eat or drink without being aware. Stop the weight from slowly creeping up.
7. Are you suffering with constant change strain?
Do you feel as though nothing is constant? There is no place of rest, no rock to tie to, no way to experience peace and contentment? Worse still, this is the same for both your work as well as personal life. Additionally, the whole world seems to be in turmoil as well. This feeling of constant insecurity and unrest is very damaging to your emotions and often has a knock on effect with your physical health.
8. Do you suffer from low self-concept and/or confidence?
Do you have the feeling of a lack of control with how, where, when and with whom you have to work? This is a major cause of stress and the inability to function at your best. Over time this can lead to depression.
These are some of your warning signs, the water is heating up around you. Also be aware that the effect is cumulative, if you are experiencing several of them, over a length of time, know your water is getting close to boiling.
There is much you can do to fight back. And it is so important to take back the reins of control.
Please visit our partner www.MindChi.com for a daily 8 minute routine which can counter these negative effects and see the other two articles in this series for ways to NOT boil like a frog!
Contact Vanda at firstname.lastname@example.org