Everyone has stress from time to time. That is quite normal. Stress is a natural reaction in your body which has a very good function. In the past this was used when we saw a bear. At that moment we had a stress response to fight or run away (fight/ flight response). Very handy. Today this is slightly different. Do not get me wrong. We still have the same system. Although there aren't many bears in the cities. However, you can get these responses when you need to do something important, such as doing a presentation or when you have a lot of work pressure. Even stress is not bad, but as soon as it becomes chronic it is. In the longer term this can become a burnout. Below are a few symptoms of a burnout and 3 tips to reduce the chance to get a burnout.
Symptoms of a burnout
- Pain in the chest
- Abdominal pain or bloating
Tip 1 ask for help
I know it's hard for some people to do, but ask for help. Together we are strong. By asking for help you show that you have self-knowledge and self-reliance. People are more understanding than you might think.
Tip 2 get enough exercise
That's where the physiotherapist in me comes up again. Exercise is very good for your health. Therefore, make sure you get enough exercise. In the Netherlands, patients with a burnout are an indication for physiotherapy. They can do light exercises for their level.
Tip 3 talk about your problems
When I experience a lot of stress I talk about this. If you experience stress or other problems or a combination of everything. Then talk about this. A listening ear does wonders. You can talk about this with your partner, friends or family. Of course this can also be done with a psychologist or another trusting person.
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Sascha Bargi BSc. Pt. & MSc. Ost. in training