Burnout is a state of emotional and physical exhaustion that results from overwhelming stress. Signs of burn out include emotional numbness, fatigue, lowered immunity, loss of motivation, feeling lonely and overwhelmed, and procrastinating or avoiding responsibilities.
Burnout can result from a lack of balance between work and rest, lack of sleep, high-pressure jobs, work that is not challenging, and perfectionistic tendencies. Burnout can be dealt with by engaging more socially with coworkers and loved ones, making more time for rest, and investing time in communities, such as through your local parish or enjoyable hobbies.
Loneliness and stress are universal human experiences that can have a powerful impact on mental health. Living with a mental health diagnosis can exacerbate feelings of loneliness, stress, and overwhelm. Loneliness can also lead to symptoms of depression, especially among older people.
Social engagement, however, is linked with positive effects on physical and mental health. One of the best ways to cope with loneliness and stress is by investing in healthy relationships . Even the way you interact with a cashier or barista can have an impact on your overall emotional wellbeing. Other ways to cope include:
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