Burnout: understanding, spotting and avoiding

Burn out is a state of mental and physical exhaustion that can follow a lengthy period of personal and/or professional commitment that is unsustainable. It is the logical endpoint of a life out of control. Characteristics of burnout include:

– cognitive disruption
– depression
– severe fatigue
– social withdrawal
– impaired decision making

Anyone who has experienced burnout will tell you it is far more than just being stressed. A serious mental health issue, burnout has received a lot of attention recently in the media even if, it isn’t a new phenomenon. In this post, I offer my take on this contemporary subject.

Emotional Eating During Difficult Times

Much has been written about the impact of COVID-19 on our physical and mental health. And interestingly, the latest research from the COVID symptom study app, found that lockdown has negatively influenced our eating habits. According to the study, almost a third (29%) of us have gained weight since March. Namely, because more of us are living sedentary lifestyles, drinking more alcohol and indulging in a less healthy diet. It’s no coincidence that the UK government unveiled a new obesity strategy in the middle of lockdown this year, stating that 63% of UK adults are overweight or obese. The nation is being asked to get fit, healthy and to help protect itself and the NHS by losing weight.

If any of this resonates, read on.