Signs of ‘Worry Burnout’ and What to Do About It?

Vrinda Gupta
Vrinda Gupta

Causes of Worry Burnout

If you are someone who is experiencing long-term stress, mental exhaustion can happen to you. Excessive worrying can make you feel overwhelmed and emotionally drained. Also, it makes your responsibilities and problems seem bigger than they are and almost impossible to overcome.

Worry burnout also comes with a feeling of powerlessness over the situation. You may feel trapped or everything is out of your hands. But, there are certain things you can do to overcome mental exhaustion. Here are some of the ways you can identify if you are experiencing worry burnout.

4 signs of ‘Worry Burnout’

  1. Avoiding the news: When there are thoughts running in your mind constantly, you tend to avoid any news highlight that might stress you out. For instance, when Covid hit, the regular checking of the number of people having been contracted the virus freaked people out. As a result, many stopped watching the news.
  2. Feeling numb: After worrying for days, many individuals realize with time that they cannot control much beyond their own behaviors. It also instills a feeling of numbness towards the surroundings. The incessant worrying makes many feel like ‘Why even care about anything at all?’
  3.  Tiredness all the time: When we worry, our cortisol levels shoot up and heart rates rise. Therefore, Worrying and anxiety make people feel exhausted and depleted. It drains all the energy and makes one feel tired.
  4. Anger: If you are suffering from worry burnout, there are chances that you might feel angrier than usual. According to experts, you can start with meditation as it helps in tapping into your emotions. It will assist in finding the underlying cause of anger and help you tackle it better.

Additionally, small changes like getting a full night’s sleep, having a balanced meal plan,  and consistent exercise can help you in reconnecting with yourself. Pay attention to the elements of your life that make you feel recharged.

What Can You Do to Prevent Worry Burnout?

  1. Eat a Balanced diet and Stay Hydrated: Have whole foods which are healthy and drink water to stay hydrated.
  2. Socialize with loved ones: While going through stressful times, it is important to reach out for help. Seek help from anyone you feel comfortable with siblings, close friends, or family.
  3.  Exercise and Meditate: Working out can help you feel better. You can start out with light exercises like breathing, meditation, and yoga.
  4. Have a Sleep Schedule: Sleep is the most important tool in mental, physical, and emotional recovery. Therefore, try to maintain a sleeping schedule and follow it regularly.

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