On The Verge Of Burnout?

If you’ve ever felt really stressed, you know how draining it can be. Maybe you were under pressure at home or at work and felt overwhelmed for a few days, or even a few weeks. That feeling of chronic stress and having no energy can be your body’s way of signalling you need to slow down. When you notice things taking a toll on you physically, mentally and emotionally, it can be a sign you might be heading for burnout.

 

I want to explain a couple of burnout warning signs to watch out for, so you can take steps to get back on track.

 

Digestion problems

You might have heard the saying that the stomach is like a second brain. There’s a really good reason for this! An unhappy digestive system can be a clue that you need to take a look at your current lifestyle. Stress and overload on your body can not just lead to that icky, heart-racing feeling. It can cause problems like reflux and nausea too. When this happens for longer periods of time, it can also upset the balance in your gut.

You can also try using different types of herbal tea, such as peppermint or chamomile tea, which can help soothe an upset stomach in the short term.

 

Complete exhaustion

I’m sure you’ve had a day where you got home and felt like collapsing from exhaustion. While you might have felt better after a sleep, those on the edge of burnout tend to feel severe exhaustion that is hard to shake off. It could be feeling really worn-out after a workout that you could do easily a month ago. Maybe you feel SO tired, but you’re not able to sleep when you actually get into bed. Other signals, such as choosing not to go out with your friends because the idea of getting dressed up and going out feels overwhelming, could be a sign that something bigger is going on.

 

Lowered immunity

Stress can contribute to poor immune function, leaving you more susceptible to catching a cold or some other illness that is going around. Likewise, if you have a bruise that just won’t seem to go away, it might be a sign that your body is so busy trying to manage your stress level, it may not have the resources to repair itself.

 

Problems focusing on tasks

Are you finding it hard to concentrate, or to stay focused on tasks you are trying to finish? It might be a sign that you are mentally drained, and you need to slow down. Making space in your schedule for a timeout can help you feel calmer and less stressed.

The same goes for your memory. Are you struggling to remember things, or keep forgetting to do simple tasks that are part of your routine? This can be due to the stress hormone, cortisol. Chronic overexposure to cortisol may reduce your ability to form memories, or to store new ones. While it’s easy to laugh things off and chalk them up to forgetfulness, sometimes it is part of a bigger problem.

 

Experiencing conflict

Now you feel tired, your stomach is churning and you are frustrated because even though you have a lot to do, you can’t seem to remember simple things. It’s hardly surprising that you might be a bit short-tempered! That can lead to conflict — arguments with your partner, being short with your colleagues or snapping at your friends.

When you’re on the brink of burnout, it can be a little bit hard on your relationships. You probably have less patience, which means you might feel irritated more easily. Maybe you’re withdrawing emotionally because you feel mentally exhausted and don’t want to socialise with anyone. Whatever you’re feeling, your friends and family won’t know unless you talk to them about it.

Burnout usually happens after an extended period of stress, when life has been so demanding, it’s hard to keep up. Pushing aside your own health to keep up with studies, with work or with family responsibilities can happen without you even realising it. If you have noticed any of these warning signs, it is time to reassess your priorities and your schedule.

Take care of yourselves.
Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

 

De-stress Before Bed

Do you wish you could wake up feeling more refreshed? It can be as simple as making some changes to your routine before bed! Try these tips to wind down and get into bed ready to sleep soundly!

 

Get ready for tomorrow

Start by writing down any important tasks you need to do tomorrow or getting your clothes ready for the next day. Writing little reminders to yourself and preparing things the night before reduces the chance that you’ll be lying in bed thinking about them!

 

STRETCH!

A few minutes spent stretching and focusing on your breathing can help to increase the flow of blood to your muscles, which can help with your body’s recovery. Stretching can be good for reducing some of the tension that builds up naturally during the day.

 

Have a cup of tea

When you’re trying to prepare your body for sleep, it might be a good idea to skip the coffee (or alcohol, if you drink it) and have a cup of tea instead. Remember that coffee is a stimulant, so it can actually make you feel more awake. Coffee is more than just a warm drink, there are lots of other ways coffee affects your body. If you like to have a warm drink in the evening, try a calming herbal tea such as chamomile or passion fruit.

 

Get comfortable

Who doesn’t love getting into their pyjamas? Once you put them on, don’t you just feel so much more comfortable and at ease? You want to be as comfy as possible when you’re trying to sleep, so put on something that won’t make you feel too hot, and that isn’t going to get tangled up if you roll over at night!

 

Do your nightly skincare routine

I always moisturise my skin when I’m getting ready for bed, I love skin care so it feels pretty relaxing for me! The nice smells of your skin care products can also have a calming effect, which can help before bed.

 

Quiet your mind

How you do this is totally up to you, but something I can’t recommend enough is putting down your electronics! As I’ve written about before, technology can actually affect your ability to fall asleep by keeping your brain active. Try some light meditation or spend some time reading instead.

 

I’m sure we would all be happy to fall asleep easier, am I right? Taking time to wind down can make it much easier to get a better sleep and wake up feeling happier.

 

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

The Liebster Award

I love that I have been nominated for The Liebster Award, I am very grateful for this.

I cannot believe all these awards coming my way – I appreciate the effort that you all put into these posts.

Confessions of a Cosmetics Addict nominated me & I am ever so grateful for the nomination. Check out her page, she is a makeup QUEEN!

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you!
  • Answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you
  • Nominate 11 blogs
  • Ask the bloggers 11 questions

 

Q&A:

  1. Do you collect anything? If so, what?
    1. Books, books & more books. Oh & rosary beads ❤
  2. If a film was made of your life, which famous actor/actress would you have play the part of you and why?
    1. Oo, this one is a difficult one. Possibly Sandra Bullock, she’s so funny & a klutz.. Sounds exactly like me.
  3. What do you consider to be your best quality?
    1. I have a lot of love to give in my heart, when you are in my life, you are in there FOR LIFE & I will do all I can to show you my appreciation.
  4. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
    1. My insecurities, I wish to work on these bc this affects how I see myself & I am constantly seeing myself in a negative manner.
  5. How do you prefer to spend your spare time?
    1. At a park, at the beach or going for a walk. I love being outdoors.
  6. What are your favourite make-up brands and why?
    1. I used to be a big MAC lover, but not any more. I like Tarte & Hourglass.
  7. Recommend a favourite book and/or film and tell me why you recommend it.
    1. A Child Called It, it’s a Non Fiction book of a boys upbringing in a emotionally & physically violent household. It changes the views on how you see life & also how you react to certain things.
  8. Where would you most like to visit and why?
    1. I really want to visit Europe. Europe is my GO TO! I must go here.
  9. What’s your favourite food?
    1. Acai bowls – they are life!
  10. What’s your favourite drink?
    1. I am a sucker for a good hot chocolate ❤
  11. What would your super power be?
    1. Being invisible.

My Nominees:

My Questions:

  1. Where are you from?
  2. How long have you been blogging for?
  3. Whats the background behind your blog name?
  4. Whats your favourite colour?
  5. What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
  6. What is the best book you’ve read?
  7. Best relationship advice?
  8. Best life advice?
  9. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
  10. Where is your next holiday to?
  11. What makes you the most happiest?

 

I look forward to reading all replies.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

 

 

It Took 3 Days! (27,000 Views)

Good afternoon lovely people ❤

I hope you are all well, as I have just gotten into the office & settle i, I thought I’d do a quick blog post.

I had a work conference this morning & it was AMAZZZZZING! We got to see the rest of the movies for 2017 & what 2018 is bringing. There are some GREAT movies coming out, I am SO excited.

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I am fully healed from my cupping bruises (Blog is here Cupping Therapy), the bruises are all gone, I went to get a massage on the weekend, it was THE BEST THING EVER! I couldn’t believe how well the masseuse massaged me, I also ate the BEST acai bowl afterwards, it was delicious.

I cannot believe how crazy these views are coming along! We are nearly at 30,000 views, I have no words. You all are so supportive, inspiring & motivating. I post FOR YOU ALL! You all motivate me to post.

I love that you are all so real with me & my posts, you all share your stories on my blogs in the comment sections, & I love it, I feel like I am starting to get to know you all individually.

This has been a wonderful journey so far – I have enjoyed every minute of it. I have started to come out of my shell more & start posting things that are relevant to me.

I normally don’t tell people my problems but to have all your support w/ my 2 anxiety posts I Must Confess… & Anxiety in Relationships – I am so bless to have you all.

These 2 blogs are the RAW me, this is me sharing my journey w/ you all & to have so many people like the post, comment & even take the time to read it means so much to me.

WordPress has become a place where I do not feel alone, starting blogging is scary but I felt so welcomed from the start.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)