Timeout before Burnout

Timeout before Burnout

It is way too easy to get caught up in the rat race especially when living in a busy metropolitan capital such as London, New York, Toronto or Paris. Cars run on unleaded fuel, people run on caffeine while life just passes you by at 100 mph. Before you know it 1 year passes, 5 years and then 10 years – and what have you done or achieved in that time? A promotion to VP of Marketing, Head Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel boutique restaurant or Captain of your own ship.

There is never a good time to take that much needed vacation, keep putting it off from your busy schedule at work, and you may find yourself well…..burnt out. The burnout can come out of nowhere. Feeling great and in high spirits one day, and then down in the dumps the next. But the early telling signs of a burnout about to take place are: feelings of numbness, nothing seems to phase you, you are oblivious to the constant pressures and obstacles being thrown your way, you feel almost immune and unrealistic about tackling them – and then like a knife it cuts right into you. You are seriously burnt out, maybe even irrational – your mind, body and soul calls out for help – you seriously need a time out!


What is burnout? Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place. Burnout reduces your productivity and saps your energy, leaving you feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Eventually, you may feel like you have nothing more to give. Most of us have days when we feel bored, overloaded, or unappreciated; when the dozen balls we keep in the air aren’t noticed, let alone rewarded; when dragging ourselves out of bed requires the determination of Hercules. If you feel like this most of the time, however, you may be flirting with burnout…

Work-related causes of burnout

  • Feeling like you have little or no control over your work.
  • Lack of recognition or rewards for good work.
  • Unclear or overly demanding job expectations.
  • Doing work that’s monotonous or unchallenging.
  • Working in a chaotic or high-pressure environment

Lifestyle causes of burnout

  • Working too much, without enough time for relaxing and socializing
  • Being expected to be too many things to too many people.
  • Taking on too many responsibilities, without enough help from others
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Lack of close, supportive relationships

Personality traits can contribute to burnout

  • Perfectionist tendencies; nothing is ever good enough
  • Pessimistic view of yourself and the world
  • The need to be in control; reluctance to delegate to others
  • High-achieving, Type A personality

A timeout can take various forms and identities. For some it is important to get away and change surroundings, environment and scenery, where as for others it is a mindset whereby you escape from reality, escape from daily routines and just kick back and relax. To transcend to another dimension of timeout, you can treat yourself to a spa treatment that allows your every senses to melt away, refresh, rejuvenate and recover from the everyday pressures.

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