What is Neurasthenia (total exhaustion)?
We now live in a faster pace than before – sometimes in an unhealthy rhythm. The days when we used to finish work and go home quietly, where we had the right to enjoy a well-deserved afternoon recreation, are long gone.
Today many companies expect their employees to work until the evening hours and keep their mobiles permanently on, even during weekends, wherever they are. And when it comes to work evaluation, bosses are often stingy with assessments. Thus, a professional activity which used to be a pleasure for the employees turns into a psychological burden. Millions of people feel exhausted (neurasthenia).
Over Fatigue Signs and Symptoms:
Some people have hearing disorders, vertigo or experience insomnia. Others suffer from anxiety, begin to have heart problems or simply suffer a nervous breakdown. In some cases, exhaustion gives way to depression. But it shouldn’t come to this. Those who pay attention to the body’s warning signals are able to apply the defense measures on time.
That is to say: to respect the afternoon off, avoid stress through a judicious distribution of tasks and to ensure themselves the indispensable moments of relaxation. Because only someone who gets plenty of rest and charges his batteries on a regular basis will have enough energy to stay strong in stressful situations. Therefore, we advise you to slow down the pace!
Tips for those working non-stop
Set your priorities
In the morning, try to review the day’s tasks, order them according to their importance and start with the most urgent. Don’t let meaningless requests distract you from your work and if possible, ignore the e-mails received. Take control of your reality, rather than being controlled by it.
Plan your breaks
If your work doesn’t include small breaks from time to time, things will not get better. This applies not only for your body, but also for your mind. It is ideal to take 15-minute breaks for every two hours of work. In order to make it easier for you to keep this schedule, write them down in your agenda at the office.
Share your tasks with others
The work you cannot carry out alone should be approached as a team. This is part of a flawless organization. Especially perfectionist people are advised to learn to trust their colleagues, giving them at least part of their tasks when they feel overwhelmed.
Regain your composure
If you feel your head overheating, look for an appropriate way to calm your mind again. You can resort to gymnastic movements, meditation or a simple walk during lunch break. Sometimes it will be enough to just breathe quietly for a while for you to regain your concentration.
Discuss issues openly
If job duties create dissatisfaction, it would be appropriate to talk to your boss about it. Maybe there is a chance of progressing professionally within the company. Such changes are worth making – whoever works with pleasure will be less stressed by the tasks he is entrusted.
At ease when you get home
Don’t let your work be the central point of your existence. This means: if possible, don’t take your work home and turn off your phone. Those who manage to escape job’s concerns will be less tired or not at all.
Do the things you like
Use your time wisely by doing things you love, because we are energized due to positive feelings, generated by the enjoyable experiences we live. But beware: don’t let hobbies become, in turn, a stress for your free time.
Be aware of warning signals
Observe your body’s signals. Does the permanent pressure of your overloaded working schedule give you headaches literally? Do you have trouble sleeping when the boss makes your life hard? If your body feels all the difficulties you experience at work, it’s time to open the parachute.
Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to seek professional help. It can be a psychologist, who can give you advices for an optimal structuring of your daily schedule and help you release your fear of the future and deal with your lack of self-confidence. Nervous exhaustion can cause depression that usually develops slowly. Exaggerated requirements that others have of us, as well as our own, are pushing us gradually towards exhaustion.
A typical signal is the withdrawal from friendships or couple relations, up to a complete solitude. Don’t let this happen. Cultivate your contacts, involve yourself in various common activities.
Withdraw into oneself
What you used to enjoy before, you no longer enjoy now. Even the time spent with family may be a wearing factor. You are often irritated and it becomes harder and harder for anyone to understand you. It is a clear warning signal that it’s time to change direction.
The game of hide-and-seek
Out of embarrassment, you are trying to hide this overstressing state. The fear of being judged harshly pushes you to play the game of hide-and-seek, which uses all your additional forces. You have entered a vicious circle.
When you have reached an advanced stage, the body warns you: pain, dizziness, nausea, difficulty sleeping or noisy ears.
Even during the early morning, you feel tired and without energy, as if knocked down. Your focus is disappointing, you forget appointments or deadlines. These are clear signs of the danger stalking you.
The fact that you are constantly running out of time and you are always exposed to new demands represents an additional burden to your usual workload. You are overwhelmed with e-mails and, at the end of the working schedule, there is also an unpredictable meeting. Changes have to be made on the management level – many companies have already begun to rethink the organization.
As if pressure from the outside is not enough, the inside one is also difficult to handle. You have an oversized sense of responsibility, urging you to get up to a demanding level that is very hard to reach. Remember that perfectionism always retaliates: in time, it will become increasingly difficult to manage this situation at work.
In many companies, there is a tension due to the economic situation and all kinds of rumors. In this case, there is only one solution: together with your colleagues, demand an unequivocal statement from the company’s management.
The desire to prove yourself indispensable is a source of extreme stress. At first, increasing pressure is seemingly borne without any negative consequences. However, at some point, the continuous over-stress caused by overtime hours depletes you of all energy reserves.
The lack of acknowledging credit in professional work
Your boss doesn’t seem to appreciate your efforts and the company doesn’t offer attractive career prospects. When the feeling of dissatisfaction develops, working days seem long and any task becomes an astronomical work duty that overwhelms you. Maybe it’s time to think of a change.