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BURNOUT: And the lost art of a good day off.


Burnout is a term used to describe a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. Burnout can occur in any profession, but it's especially common in high-pressure jobs where there are long hours, high demands, and little time off. In recent years, burnout has become more prevalent, with many people feeling like they are constantly on the go and unable to take proper days off to relax. In this blog post, we'll discuss the importance of taking proper days off and relaxing, and how it can help prevent burnout.


Relaxation in 1975 vs. Today



The way we relax and take time off today is very different from the way we did it in the past. In 1975, people were less connected to technology and could disconnect more easily. People could go for a walk, spend time with family and friends, or read a book without feeling the need to constantly check their phone. In contrast, today, we're always connected and have a hard time disconnecting, even on our days off. According to a 2019 survey by the American Psychological Association, more than half of employed adults check work messages on their days off, leading to an inability to truly relax and recharge.


Why Multi-Tasking is a Myth



In addition to the constant connection, many people today also believe in the myth of multitasking. People think that they're being more productive by doing multiple things at once, but in reality, they're splitting their attention and not giving their brain the chance to fully focus on one task. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, switching tasks can cost as much as 40% of someone's productive time. This constant switching between tasks can also lead to mental exhaustion and burnout.


The Importance of Proper Days Off and Relaxation


To avoid burnout, it's essential to take proper days off and relax. Taking time to recharge and unwind can help reduce stress levels and improve overall mental health. Proper relaxation can also improve physical health, including better sleep, increased energy levels, and improved immune function.


To truly take a proper day off, it's important to disconnect from work completely. This means not checking emails, not answering work calls, and not doing any work-related tasks. It's also essential to do something that brings joy and relaxation, whether that's spending time with loved ones, going for a walk, reading a book, or pursuing a hobby.


Conclusion



In conclusion, burnout is a serious issue that can have long-term effects on mental and physical health. To avoid burnout, it's important to take proper days off and relax. Disconnecting from work and doing activities that bring joy and relaxation can help reduce stress levels and improve overall well-being.


If you're struggling with stress and burnout, don't hesitate to reach out for help. As hypnotist and coach, I'm here to offer support and guidance to those who need it. Remember, relaxation and taking proper days off are essential for maintaining good health, both mentally and physically.


If you or someone you know is struggling with stress and burnout, don't hesitate to seek professional help. You can reach out to a therapist, counselor, or mental health professional for support and guidance. Together, we can work towards a healthier, more balanced life.




References:

  1. American Psychological Association. (2019). Stress in America™ 2019: Stress and Current Events. Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2019/stress-current-events.pdf

  2. American Psychological Association. (2006). Multitasking: Switching costs. Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/research/action/multitask

  3. World Health Organization. (2019). Burn-out an "occupational phenomenon": International Classification of Diseases. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/28-05-2019-burn-out-an-occupational-phenomenon-international-classification-of-diseases

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