Work-life balance can be challenging, and when we prioritize work consistently over our health, we experience burnout. It’s a tightrope many people walk daily. Excelling in our careers and at life can be exhilarating and personally fulfilling, but an overly demanding workload — along with consistent stress — can compromise our personal wellness. When that happens, eventually the passion we have for life starts to diminish and we are left with the negative effects of stress.
Three Warning Signs You May be Experiencing Burnout
1. Unhealthy Behaviors Rev-Up
Part of the burnout dynamic includes an increase in unhealthy behaviors. Exercising less, sleeping less, drinking more alcohol, stress eating, emotional eating, and/or inconsistent eating? These are burnout warning signs.
2. Fatigue and Trouble Concentrating Becomes Commonplace
Executive burnout starts to really take hold when an overly demanding schedule does not allow for an appropriate wind down at the end of the day. The intense stress associated with an exacting job can make it difficult for people to quiet their thoughts and relax enough to achieve quality sleep. Lack of sleep results in a whole host of unhealthy manifestations, both physical and cognitive. When someone doesn’t get enough sleep, fatigue and trouble concentrating top the list.
3. You’re Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster
When you find yourself frequently getting short and impatient with your work colleagues, family and friends, burnout might be on the horizon. Likewise, when you become emotionally flat, disinterested and unmotivated, burnout is at play.
Experiencing Burnout? When in Need, Seek a Safe Haven
Hilton Head Health is a safe haven for the weary. For those who desperately need a wellness recharge, their LivingWell program provides exactly what’s needed. For those who are married to their work, the Executive Health Retreat is the antidote to job burnout. Both programs help bring people’s life back into balance by prioritizing their self-care, as well as learning new skills for managing the stresses of work and life.
Sometimes one needs to step out of a stale environment to get a new perspective and renewed inspiration. Hilton Head Health’s retreats provide everything a person needs to make a necessary and desired shift toward healthier, more fulfilled living. Through an immersion experience, Hilton Head Health teaches valuable tools for managing stress, building better life-balance and creating more serenity in everyday life. The team will help create an action plan that is proactive and sustainable. Personal health and wellness goals will be achieved through fitness classes, wellness lectures, guided meditations and yoga sessions, cooking classes, beach walks, and a vast array of other activities. All of this takes place on beautiful Hilton Head Island, known for its pristine beaches, world-class golf and tennis and Southern charm.
Article provided by Lisette Cifaldi, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Specialty Programs at Hilton Head Health.