October is emotional intelligence awareness month, which brings our attention to the thoughts and knowledge we have on our inner workings and mental and emotional wellbeing.
Improving your emotional intelligence involves learning more about what burdens you or how you feel emotionally during different struggles and events as well as learning how to better cope with feelings that can burden or bother you.
One massive element in this idea, especially with the current times, is burnout. Many different things can trigger feeling emotionally or physically burnt out in life and also many ways that you can learn to cope with this.
Today I’m here to share some information and tips on burnout as well as how to handle it; and you can also find a good book at the end to help you continue expanding on this knowledge into other topics.
What Is Burnout?
Burnout is a feeling of physical, mental, or emotional fatigue or struggle that comes from stress or many other triggering behaviors and environments. When you feel burnt out you can find yourself struggling to stay awake, feeling overwhelmed or cluttered easily, struggling to meet standards or demands, and feeling generally drained or tired in multiple ways.
You can manage to lessen this burden or remove it entirely through many coping methods, but you have to first recognize burnout as well as its triggers to do so.
What Triggers Burnout?
To understand what triggers your body and mind to feel this way, we turn to some knowledge from Dr. Claire Nicogossian Psy. D. She is a clinical psychologist and author of a new book focusing on burnout in motherhood.
Some items that can trigger us to feel burnt out can be set too high of standards for ourselves, struggling to properly set boundaries, lack of self-care, unresolved pain and trauma, inadequate support systems, focusing too heavily on the future, and much more.
Once you recognize these triggers or your feelings you can work to fight them as well as fix the problem.
How To Cope
Once you recognize your triggers, you’re able to work on improving those issues to help avoid burnout in the first place. If you struggle with self-care or boundaries, start small and learn to set healthy goals or boundaries for taking care of your wellbeing.
When you notice yourself handling one or more of the triggers above you should pause and focus on how you can improve that issue. Some ideas include therapy, setting goals, journaling, reminding yourself of your accomplishments, celebrating little victories, and much more.
The idea of burnout can seem very difficult to handle once we’re already feeling that way, but learning about this topic can help you to better handle that feeling the next time it comes.
Dr. Claire Nicogossian Psy. D recognizes the ways that a person can trigger burnout as well as how to handle it, and her book Mama, You Are Enough: How to Create Calm, Joy and Confidence Within the Chaos of Motherhood can teach you more about burnout in motherhood or parenting.
Mothers are struggling with the current times because of how much they have to handle having kids at home more, homeschooling or virtual schooling, remote work or lack of work, and a bunch more responsibilities all at once while trying to take care of themselves. You can check out her book to learn more about burnout in mothers and continue your learning on this topic.