The symptoms of chronic stress and burnout

The symptoms of chronic stress and burnout

How do you know if you have chronic stress or a burnout? Well, that’s actually quite simple. Chronic stress or burnout are diagnosed in light of symptoms. On this page, you’ll learn more about those symptoms.

Briefly though, what actually is chronic stress or burnout?

Chronic stress or burnout is a state of mental and physical exhaustion. You reach that state through too much exposure to stress and the literal exhaustion of your mind and body because you’ve used more energy than you’ve taken in (through means of rest and sleep) for a prolonged period of time..

And what is the difference between chronic stress and burnout?

Burnout is a heavy chronic stress. Both belong to the same ‘condition’, and it therefore doesn’t really make much of a difference with regard to the treatment as to whether you’re suffering from chronic stress or a burnout.

How do I know if I have chronic stress? Or how do I know if I have a burnout?

Through the symptoms. We’ll look at the list in a bit, but most ‘patients’ see themselves in this:

You feel anxious and down more often than normal. You have the feeling that you’ve lost ‘control’ over your life and would actually like to put it on ‘pause’. You also notice that you have a somewhat more negative perception of the world around you and often wonder what’s wrong with you. Many people also suffer from physical complains, such as trouble sleeping and general aches and pains.

Is there a way to quickly find out whether I have chronic stress or a burnout?

Absolutely! You can take our test (please note: this test is not an official diagnosis. You can of course get this from a certified psychologist or doctor).

What is the more complete list of symptoms?

People suffering from chronic stress or burnout often see themselves in this:

You feel anxiety or panic rise up at odd moments. You worry more. These feelings start to limit your life more and more.

You cancel appointments/meet-ups because they result in anxiety or panic. You have the feeling that they are ‘too much’ and prefer to stay home.

You feel depressed or down and wonder why. You may have symptoms of depression or even question whether you want to live (if that’s the case, please call your doctor. If urgent, please call emergency services.)

You have the feeling that you’ve lost ‘control’ and that your brain’s no longer completely in charge of what you do.

You have more difficulty sleeping than normal (this isn’t necessarily the case, but it often occurs). You struggle to find rest in bed, have more difficulty sleeping or keep waking up.

You’ve had physical discomfort more often the past few months. This could be pain, muscle ache, dizziness, stomach or bowel issues, headache or a slipped disk. You could also more often ‘feel’ sick or even be sick. On the one hand, this could just be warning signals from your body, but on the other hand, chronic stress/a burnout weakens the immune system, which makes you more susceptible to illnesses.

You dread going to work (or doing what you do during the day). Tasks and projects become something you have to do, checkboxes on a ‘to-do’ list, and you have less and less desire to do them.

People can more often suffer from ‘vague’ physical complaints like backpain, neck/shoulder pain, chest pain, heart palpitations, being short of breath, stomach or bowel issues, dizziness/fainting or headaches.

You get angry, grumpy or frustrated more easily. As a result, it may even be the case that you notice that you get into conflict more quickly with others.

You feel that you work hard or do your best but achieve very little. It feels more like you’re just getting by than achieving your goals

You struggle to enjoy small things and even notice that you don’t experience some things that should be ‘nice’ (such as a sunset or playing with your child) as ‘nice’.

What does it mean if I see myself in a large number of these symptoms?

I have good and bad news for you:

The bad news is that there’s a high chance that you have chronic stress or a burnout (which of the two you have means very little for the treatment plan). That is, of course, not nice to hear. But the incredibly good news is that knowing this is the first step to a pleasant, relaxed life. A life without all the issues above. A life where you’re happy and relaxed, and your head acts normally again.

I get that this doesn’t sound great at the moment. But look at it this way: you’ve been going about your life for a while now with these complaints. But for one reason or another, they haven’t gone away. You’ve tried everything, but the complaints have stayed around. Well, now you know where they come from. And the great thing about this is that there’s a step-by-step plan ready for you to help you get rid of that chronic stress or burnout. And when you’re rid of it, those symptoms (like feeling down or anxious) will disappear, as well.

What do I do now?

It’s now important to treat it. And that means that you can best do two things.

  1. Book an appointment with a health care professional and ask for a referral to a psychologist. Ask the psychologist to make a diagnosis. Then you’ll know for certain that chronic stress or burnout is the problem.
  2. In the meantime, start the recovery program here. Camp Burnout has been specially developed to guide people who have chronic stress or a burnout back to their pleasant, relaxed lives as quickly as possible and to bring an end to all of their symptoms.
How do I actually get chronic stress or a burnout?

By exhausting yourself over a long period of time (using more energy than you take in through rest and sleep) and overexposure to stress.

At that moment, you live as it were on your internal ‘battery’, and it’ll eventually run empty. The moment that battery is empty is called chronic stress or burnout.

As the battery runs empty, you pass through a few phases:

symptomen burnout

The reason that we visualize it in this way is simple: you’ve got yourself into a valley by using more energy than you take in. The way to get yourself out of that valley is to reverse that process. You have to ensure that you take in more energy than you use in the time ahead. Your body has actually already started that. You know when you see that your agenda is full and get that feeling that it’s all ‘too much’? And you experience anxiety with it? Well, that’s your body’s way of telling you that it is indeed all a bit too much.

Your body wants you to stop your current behavior, stop burning yourself up and to start focusing on rest. But that’s only the start.

Yeah? How does recovery from chronic stress or a burnout work?

That’s a bit more difficult than what it lookes like at first. A recovery period lies before you that most resembles recovering from a broken leg. We’ll tell you more about that on THIS PAGE.

What can I expect from the recovery program here? How does it work?

Camp Burnout is a fully online recovery program for people suffering from chronic stress or a burnout. The aim: to get you back to your pleasant, stress-free life. You can find out more about Camp Burnout HERE.

What if I want to know more about chronic stress or burnout?

Then you can, for example, read the articles by Thuisarts about CHRONIC STRESS and BURNOUT.

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