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Topic: Burnout

4 posts, 0 answered
  1. S7
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    8 September 2016

    After spending the last few years finding ways to either eliminate, change or cope with stress at work I have found myself at a point that I have taken stress leave. Yes, probably like most others, I never ever thought this would happen to me.

    I have just extended my stress leave as I am still not coping with the simplest stress triggers.

    Extending the leave period makes me feel worse than ever and wondering what to do. I am beginning to think that there is something badly wrong with me and I dont know how or what I can do to fix it.

    Any advice on how to accept this and find ways to cope would be great.

    S7

  2. blondguy
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    9 September 2016 in reply to S7

    Hello S7

    Welcome to the forums and good on you for posting

    Having these feelings of stress can feel dreadful and do impact our quality of life.

    It is very common and you have had the courage to reach out too...which many dont. I had the same mega stress when I was younger.

    If I may suggest a visit to your GP. They are more 'tuned in' where stress is concerned especially you having taken the extra time off too. There are many kind people here on the forums that can be here for you S7. I hope you can post back and (if you wish) let us know any symptoms you are experiencing

    I never thought it would happen to me either!

    My kind thoughts

    Paul

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    15 September 2016 in reply to S7

    Hi S7,

    I think that the biggest
    priority here is to try to give yourself some compassion. No human is
    designed to go full speed ahead all the time. I'm assuming that maybe
    like a car you've been running without a service for a while. Stress
    leave is the chance to get a service.

    Paul is right - is
    talking to the GP something that you've considered? Talking to people
    about what's going on for you and how it's impacting your life is a great
    start.

  4. Kierkegaard
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    15 September 2016 in reply to S7

    Hi S7,

    There is nothing that you have said which would indicate that there is 'something badly wrong' with you.

    It was only until very recently that I began to understand what 'stress' is. To me, stress is the currency in which we use to interact and engage with the external world. Stress is what our world demands of us in exchange for our participation. I like to think that we each have our own stress account (like a bank account), and each time we interact with the world, like driving to work and being cut off by an inconsiderate driver or waiting in line at the grocery store, we spend a little bit of our stress currency.

    There will be sometimes though, that the amount of currency that is being demanded of us is greater than the amount of currency that we actually have at that time. That could be due to a significant transaction, such as the loss of a loved one, or it could simply be an aggregation of all the tiny little stressors that we encounter throughout everyday life. Simply put, there is insufficient balance to make good on the world's demands.

    The good news is, just like any bank account, it can be replenished. Bank accounts are usually replenished through employment. Stress accounts, well they could be replenished in numerous ways. Some people run, some people read and watch TV. Others go on holidays, or have coffee with friends.

    I think the advice that others have given above re: seeking a GP is a good place to start. Talking can be helpful. You might start to uncover the answers to your questions.I should probably take my own advice here really.

    I would like to leave you with the thought that there is nothing wrong with you, you simply need to find your path which will allow you to replenish your stress account.

    I wish you nothing but the best.

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