How to eliminate stress burnout?

Stress and burnout are pretty closely linked to each other. This is the kind of burnout that arises once you have experienced some of the stressful situations in life. But these stressful events are the ones like asking for a raise from your boss or giving an important presentation of your career, which are unavoidable. But the stress arises when you fail to respond to these situations in an effective manner. You need to learn how to peacefully coexist with the events that previously have stressed you out a lot. But for that, you must learn to understand and address your thinking patterns in life. This will help you gain control over stress and save yourself from the burnout.

Following is a three-step process that will help you understand how to change your perspective for responding to stressful situations:

Identify your feelings:

In order to get control of stress, you first have to identify what you are feeling. There are even some physical symptoms that can help you identify your feelings. Your flushed face, sour stomach, rapid heartbeat etc. can indicate the coming of anger, anxiety, etc. when you become good at identifying your feelings, then you understand your thoughts better which actually determine your emotional reaction. If you do not understand the feelings you are going through then eventually it leads to stress. So identify the emotions that are causing you uneasiness

Find the reason behind the feelings:

The next step to bringing your emotions under control is to identify the thought behind the actual feeling. For example, if you are having feelings of anger, it is likely that you have felt your rights have been violated in any way. Feeling embarrassed can be an indication that you have done something wrong and are sad at the loss of the place you once had in their eyes etc. Try to focus on the details of these thoughts and you will be able to understand the actual reason.

Challenge your thoughts:

Once you have understood the reason behind the troubling thoughts, challenge them in every aspect. Ask yourself whether the feelings you have actually do have a reason to be there? Is something really that important to affect your feelings? Most of the times, the answers will tell you that your feelings are just your assumptions that have no reality.

Stress is a daily part of life. All you should do is to understand it and learn how to respond. It will give you no stress burnout and will also make you happier in life.

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Written by Hisham Sarwar

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