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MENTAL WELLNESS: BURN OUT

 

Understanding Mental Burn-Out

Addapting to stressors does not mean they go away, or the impact on the body is reduced. The prolonged exposure to stresses builds up, until fatigue starts to set in. Fatigue generally brings reduced performance, which in turn reduces levels of satisfaction and eventually undermines our motivation. We end up, giving up!

Work overload, conflicting priorities, inconsistent values, over-challenging deadlines, conflict with co-workers, unpleasant environments and so on take a lot of energy to manage. They can also cause a great deal of unhappiness.

Unhappiness results from insufficient satisfaction [output] from performance input.

 

So how to we interrupt this downward spirally process. By identifying the two factors:

  1. The input - We often cannot change the input
  2. The output - We can change our expectation of the output. We don’t grieve what we don’t conceive.

How satisfied we are with any given situation is directly related to our core values. These are not the social norm values we were indoctrinated with during childhood and adolescence; but those core values as to what we personally think is appropriate, or fair.

Many of your expectations in life are based on these core values. You expect people to be considerate, to be mostly honest, to be rational, to be just, to be timely. All the principles upon which you operate your life; you “expect” from others. After all, it’s only reasonable. Or is it?

Actually, many of the expectations we have of others are unreasonable on the very basis that you actually have no right as an adult to expect anything from anyone. You have the utmost right to your set of values; but you have no right to set the values for others [other than as a parent, when they are children or adult dependents]. Its your life, your game, you set the rules. Likewise for others, its their game, their rules.

Stress can arise when a gap exists between your values and those of someone else. Since these differing value sets produce different behaviour, it is easy for you to judge someone elses behaviour as “inappropriate”; “damaging”, “inconsiderate”.

How much stress someone feels depends on how much damage they think the situation can do them, and how well they perceive their own resources meeting the demands of the situation. This may involve perceived threats to our social standing, to opinions of us, to our career prospects.

Just as with real threats to our survival, these perceived threats trigger the hormonal fight-or-flight response, with all of its negative consequences.

 

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