It is easy to understand why turning to a glass of wine, smoking a joint, or popping a sleeping pill, may seem like the remedy to a stressful workday; or why some online shopping or gambling is a way to forget what needs to be done tomorrow.
However, the next day the problems are still there, the financial implications of overspending hit home hard, and you still haven’t had a decent night’s sleep, so the exhaustion just won’t go away – plus you have a hangover to boot. Some will rely on caffeine to get them through, whilst others turn to stronger chemicals such as cocaine and amphetamines.
Unfortunately, what seems like the solution to start with, can rapidly turn into a habit that only creates more issues, doesn’t really resolve the underlying causes, and can lead to a serious problem with dependency and addiction.
Burnout doesn’t happen overnight, rather it tends to creep up over time, with most of us ignoring the signs until it lays us out completely. If you’re experiencing symptoms that could be indicative of burnout, or another stress-related, or mental health condition, then seek professional advice. Don’t just ignore them and hope they will get better on their own.
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