burnout syndrome

“What is burnout syndrome? How can we reduce the effects of this syndrome by increasing our emotional resilience?” We will try to find answers to your questions.

What is Burnout Syndrome?

Feelings like having difficulty waking up in the morning, feeling tired during the day or feeling tired of everything, reluctance to do daily chores, avoiding communication with people, not wanting to do anything are often some of the emotions that arise from not being able to adapt to high work tempo and fast city tempo. It is called “burnout syndrome”.

The term “burnout” was first coined by Herbert Freudenberger in 1974 in his book Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement. Freudenberger defined burnout as “the loss of motivation or incentive, especially when one’s commitment to a goal or relationship does not produce the desired results.”

Psychologist Abraham Maslow; In his five-stage model, it shows that people have a natural desire to fulfill their highest potential in life, to achieve self-actualization, but this high-level tendency is in humans; Basic needs such as nutrition, shelter, reproduction, and feeling safe cannot arise before they are met. Burnout syndrome is a situation in which a person realizes that he lives in a vicious circle only at the level of basic needs and loses his sense of meaning. The person feels that his whole life is a meaningless life consisting of eating, drinking and procreation.

Maslow, in the pyramid of needs he created, states that as people mature spiritually, they tend to prove themselves, to seek about the meaning of life and spiritual values, and to develop awareness on these issues, that people have a desire to contribute to the world with their talents, and that at the point where people feel inadequate in these areas, they feel weak spiritually. reveals how he feels.

Ways to Increase Mental Resilience Against Burnout Syndrome

1. Set your life priorities
This priority; It could be family, it could be career, it could be health. If we think that your priority is family, coming home tired after working for a long time and not being able to spare time for your family will cause resentment and boredom at work after a while. Spend more time on activities that are important to you than in other areas.
2. Try to be active
Find something outside of the daily routines that you can do passionately and that motivates and motivates you. Such as music, sports, crafts..
3. Set yourself limits on technology use
Communication technologies promote efficiency. On the other hand, it is a stress factor that threatens your social life. If you keep in mind to keep the balance in this area, as in every other area, you will get rid of the feeling of guilt caused by not spending the time productively.
4. Rest Your Soul
The method of resting and nourishing the soul of each person is different. Some can feed their souls by silence, some by doing nothing, some by reading or writing, and some by socializing. The important thing at this point is to know yourself and to know exactly what will make you feel good.

5. Stop setting limits on yourself
Free yourself, think about how long you’ve been setting yourself limits, and set those limits. For example; What was the last weekend you spent without thinking about work? Now you need to take care of yourself, so remove the limits you set and focus a little on your own needs.

Don’t multitask, list things to do and go slowly in order.

6. Use your freedom of choice
As we experience the gifts and challenges of life, our plans and choices change, not only for today but also for the future. The famous psychiatrist Viktor Frankl reminds us that we always have a choice, regardless of how we feel or the circumstances of our lives that day (1959).
What you learn in everyday life, what you do, and who you are every day of your life; You can choose your strengths, aspirations, actions and contributions to life, says Viktor Frankl. These choices you make, regardless of circumstances and feelings, unwittingly create unique and valuable life stories. To be aware that you can make a choice at any moment about who and how you want to be; It not only clarifies your connected relationship with the world you live in but also offers the opportunity to constantly reinvent ourselves. Therefore, take time to examine your own personal story in line with the points mentioned above, because your unique and precious life also has a beautiful story.

To empower our lives within this story, ask yourself these questions:

• How can I use my learning, talents and life experiences while living the story of my life?
• How can I replace my vulnerability in this life with what?
• What are my strengths?
• Do I contribute to solutions to problems in my life?
• What are the gifts I have presented to the world and to myself so far? What would I like my gifts to be?
• What are the obstacles that I have to overcome? What do I need to master to achieve success in this field?
• What is my own potential, do I use it and if so in which areas how do I use it?
• After the answers to all these questions, the most important question we should ask ourselves is: What is my next step?

The answers we give to these questions will enable you to obtain more sincere information about yourself, to understand whether you are in the right action plan, to rearrange your own nature if you are on the wrong path, and to determine a life path suitable for your nature. Every step you take towards a life in harmony with your nature will automatically increase your emotional resilience.