One of the most commonly asked questions by people who have just gotten chronic stress or a burnout is, “How long does chronic stress or burnout last? How long until I’m ‘normal’ again? And when can I do all the things I love to do again?” In this article, we’ll tell you how long recovery from chronic stress or a burnout takes and how you can significantly reduce your recovery time.
How long does it take to recover once you’ve gotten chronic stress or a burnout?
This differs from person to person. The average time of recovery for someone suffering from chronic stress is about three months. Recovery from a burnout takes longer: somewhere between three months and a year.
Why such a difference?
See chronic stress as light flu and burnout as heavy flu. They’re both conditions on the same spectrum, but one is more intense than the other, and so recovery takes a bit longer.
But how do I know how long it’ll take in MY case?
There’s a rough way you can calculate this. Go through the following steps:
Step 1: Work out when you started on your ‘downhill path’. When did you start exhausting yourself? Be honest. When was the last moment that life didn’t go ‘too quickly’ for you? When did you last feel you had a relaxed life, that you could really relax and enjoy it without feeling guilty? When did you last feel that you had control of your life?
Step 2: Consider then how long you’ve been walking along this downhill path. Has it been six months? A year? Three years?
Step 3: The time you need to recover is one third of the length of time you figured out in Step 2 (but note that this is a rough indication and nothing more). So, if you’ve been pushing yourself too far for a year, you’ll need four months to recover. If it’s been six months, you’ll need two months.
Is there a way of shortening the time it takes to recover?
Absolutely. Your recovery time depends on two factors:
Factor 1: The length of time you’ve been walking ‘downhill’.
Factor 2: The effectiveness of your recovery
You can’t do anything regarding Factor 1: that’s a given. But you can do a lot regarding Factor 2. The effectiveness of your recovery can be the difference between it taking two months or two years.
How do I do that then?
Most people think they can recover from chronic stress or a burnout on their own. But that’s like saying that you can recover from a broken leg on your own. It’s much more useful to go to the hospital. In the hospital, doctors help you to unlock the recovery process and give you a Recovery Plan. The doctors put your leg in a cast and tell you what you can and can’t do during your recovery. In this way, your broken leg recovers much faster than if you don’t go to the hospital.
Is it enough to just take some time off and take it easy?
No. Not if you want to recover quickly at least. Recovering from chronic stress or a burnout has to be unlocked by meeting the Conditions for Recovery. If you don’t meet these conditions, you’ll either not recover or recover much more slowly. Alongside that, you need a Recovery Plan with chronic stress and burnout, too. In this way, you’ll know how you can best make use of your recovery period and recover in the shortest possible amount of time.
And what does Camp Burnout do exactly?
Camp Burnout is an online recovery program for people who have chronic stress or a burnout. Here, we walk through the five important steps that are needed to make your recovery go as quickly as possible. You can find out more about what we do HERE.
What do I need to take part? What does that look like?
You only need a smartphone with an internet connection. Nothing more. This is a step-by-step program, which ensures that you learn to understand the five steps of recovery while thoroughly implementing them in your life. You can simply listen to or watch all the lessons, so put your earphones in, get comfortable, and start your recovery. In this way, you can stop thinking about what you exactly need to do to recover. We’ve already done the thinking for you. You need only follow and implement the steps.
And are you going to ensure that I get my old life back as quickly as possible?
No. If your recovery from chronic stress or burnout is successful, you’ll never go back to your old life. See, your old life is the very reason that you got chronic stress or burnout in the first place. Your old habits and views led you to this point. Recovery at Camp Burnout will gift you a new life which will in many ways look like your old life but which is better in many other areas. It’s a life where you’re more balanced, have more of an eye for the people around you, live more in the here and now, live less from your ego and more from your heart, and are, simply put, a better, happier and more fun person than you’ve been in a long time. In this way, we ensure that your chronic stress or burnout costs you nothing but only delivers.
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