Don't ignore your body!
Life is stressful. You can't go through life without stressing about one thing or another. Even babies get stressed. But are you stressed to the point of "burning out"?
Psychology Today defines "burnout" as "a state of chronic stress that leads to: physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, [and] feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment."
If you're stressed to the point of exhaustion, it's a good idea to relax and take a breather. If you don't, you'll have bigger things to worry about. And that's what a new study has warned against, as researchers have examined the connection between burning out and depression.
Surveying 1,386 public school teachers in their 40s, from 18 different states, researchers asked the participants questions about burn outs and depression, ranking them from mild to severe. Ten percent of women and seven percent of men had symptoms of burnout, and 10 percent of both men and women had symptoms of depression.
Alarmingly, they found that the participants who reported feelings of burning out also had depression.
"Dysfunctional attitudes, ruminative responses, and pessimistic attributions were more characteristic of individuals with high frequencies of burnout (or depressive) symptoms than of their counterparts with low frequencies of burnout (or depressive) symptoms," said the study.
So if you're feeling like you're depressed, it's best to take care of the symptoms now. Seek medical help, and even if the diagnosis doesn't end up being depression, you'll feel much better and more at ease.