There is an immense difference between stress and burnt out. Knowing the difference is critical in dealing with them.
Stress can result from a myriad of triggers.
What is the general cause or causes of your stress reaction?
For some individuals, the answer is obvious but to others, they may have to dig a little deeper to find their answer. For a “Type A personality” stress generally is experienced with having too much on their proverbial life’s plate and they are affected physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually as would be anyone experiencing stress no matter what the cause. Striving to become a “super person” in all that we do and having unrealistic expectations, leads to stress which then can lead to anxiety. Essentially, these individuals try to do too much at the expense of their own well-being. In today’s society, for example, it is not unusual to experience stress both at work and at home. We want to fulfill so many roles perfectly without the essential resources to do so, particularly time and energy. We can create stress through conscious decisions (enrolling the children in 2 or 3 extracurricular activities, working extended hours to pay for these activities, taking online classes for extra credentials for that next job opening and the list goes on). We schedule our lives so tight that if one event throughout the day does not happen on time, we become overwhelmed. A continual stressful lifestyle can lead to burnout. Under these conditions, when, not if, we reach this point, we no longer have the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual strength or want to continue. If we continue the spiral from stress to burnout and beyond, depression can also be part of our experience.
Did you know that stress can also be a learned reaction. We may have learned to react in a similar fashion to a parent or a sibling. The examples before us in our developing years are often taken on and made our own. However, if we have learned this reaction, we can also learn a new reaction.
Stress can be a result of fear, of pain and discomfort, of repressed emotions, a poor diet, and/or a lack of exercise or sleep. Woman can also experience stress more frequently if they suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome.
Stress is not a life and death, do or die, win or lose situation, even though we put so much pressure on ourselves, it can feel that way. If stress is left to have free reign in our lives, it can certainly perpetuate into anxiety and depression.
It is important to deal with the stress and pressures long before we reach the point of burnout and/or depression. We are worth it!