Signs Of Stress That May Be Leading You Towards Burnout

August 23, 2014

Stress is the way your body reacts to demands.

I want you to to take a few minutes to think of what’s causing stress in your life. Some of the more common signs of stress are things like schedule changes, deadlines at work, lack of sleep and certain relationships with friends and family members. Understand right here as you keep reading this post that unless you deal with these signs of stress, you are headed down a road that leads to complete burnout and it’s not a pretty one once you get there I can tell you that.


Introducing To You, The ‘Glands Of Stress’


Your adrenal glands are basically your best friends that reside in your body that we take for granted. Their job is to enable your body to deal with stress from each and every possible source out there. Everything from your daily energy, your resiliancy and pretty much your quality of life all depends on how weel they function each and everyday.


When Your Adrenal Glands Aren’t Functioning Correctly Lethargy (lack of energy) Will Strike You Like Lightning!


You may wake up one day and think what the heck? I feel like complete crap! If this is the case answer these 6 questions right now in the signs os stress and burnoutyour head, and lets’s find out whether or not the signs of stress in your life have led you to burnout:

1) Has your ability to handle, and deal with stress as well as pressure decreased in the last few weeks?

2) Has your thinking become confused when you are hurried or under pressure lately (foggy, can’t think clear)?

3) In the last few weeks does EVERYTHING seem like a chore, even things that used to comes easy for you to do?

4) If you don’t get to sleep by 11pm do you get a second wind of energy that often lasts until 1 or 2 am?

5) Do you get colds and coughs that seem to stick around for weeks at a time?

6) Is your sex drive noticably less then it used to be?


So How Did You Do?


If you answered yes to 3 or more of those questions them read on, if you answered no to most of those questions… then read on anyway.

As I sit here and dive into this somewhat large piece of dark chocolate in my hands, I have to admit i’ve been there and know exactly where you’re coming from. Remember that quick scan of of your life at the beginning of the article, the one where you identified the signs of stress and anxiety in your life? Well it’s time to go a step farther now so we can create the ultimate…


Good, Bad and Extremely Ugly Chart!

good, bad and ugly for stress and burnout

Still love that movie… Just saying.

This is going to take anywhere from 5 to 5 hours of your time (depending on a number of things). So grab a piece of paper and make 3 columns. One on the top left that reads GOOD, one in the middle that reads BAD, and the last one on the top right that says UGLY. Now look to see what is working, and what are the signs of stress that are draining you and leading you and your ‘glands of stress’ towards what seems like inevitable burnout. In the good section you could write things like: Writing in the evenings, bike rides in the morning with Sara, the types of things that will contribute to your overall well being and help your adrenal glands out. In the bad column write down the things that are detracting from your life such as being a couch potato and watching too much tv, being a perfectionist or being around Jane too much. In the ugly column write down all the things that are in the short term help list that are the energy robbers in your life such as alcohol, coffee, soft drinks, anything that you feel you need to rely on to get you going.


Start The Cycle Of Stop-Breathe-Reflect-Choose To Deal With The Signs Of Stress Now


My personal favourite part of this cycle is the reflect part, it’s powerful stuff if you do it right.

Make this weekend the weekend that you begin moving away from stress and burnout. Start the process of completely eliminating the tension and tightness that you hold in your mind and body. Know that you always have a choice in the matter. You have a choice whether to look at something as a problem or as a challenge, you have the choice of whether to think in more positive ways or negative ways during the day.


Remember that It’s the choices you make today that will make your life more enjoyable, and less demanding for the future.


Is there a natural supplement or daily routine that has helped you combat your signs of stress and burnout? Share your personal comments and experiences in the comment section below.

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15 comments on “Signs Of Stress That May Be Leading You Towards Burnout

  1. While this may sound overly simplistic, part of my daily routine is to be continuously aware and conscious of my choices. For it is then outcomes that follow.

    • Eric it’s something that Is so powerful and moulds is great ways. No more living in an unconscious trance, people are starting to become more aware of their thoughts, emotions and ultimately their results.

  2. Reblogged this on Staring Over the Edge of the Abyss and commented:
    I got a 5/6 on those questions. Nothing that I didn’t already know. I’m definitely burned out and fed up. I just feel like yelling FUCK! at everything.

  3. Interesting for sure. We’re exploring whether some people are more prone to burnout than others. Specifically, we’re exploring whether where one places on the Autism Spectrum influences ones susceptibility to burnout.

    We’ve got a survey/questionnaire at if you’d like to participate

    Thanks, Chris

  4. I got out of my head today to,help my daughter move. 3 floor apt to a 3 floor apt. She had no prep oration and no other help. Had to stop. We put to dinner and shopping all the while anxious. Now tired and in pain but anxiety is less

  5. At least they will have strong men tomorrow and when it’s all up there I can help unpack

  6. Funny how anxiety loses its power when our focus turns to how fatigued we are Sue. We tend to hold up a white flag and surrender, thus not fighting back or worrying further.

  7. Hi Dennis,
    Yes, once someone gets to the point of adrenal fatigue or hypoadrenia, the stress has become overwhelming in terms of the potential hair it’s doing to the physical body.

    Things I’ve done to combat adrenal fatigue throughout my life includes the following:
    1. Minimize my consumption of daily carbs which has been known to disrupt cortisol and corticosteroids
    2. Do Reiki on myself every day.
    3. Eat more seaweed & take Kelp which helps strengthen my thyroid which can ultimately lessen adrenal fatigue.
    4. Get acupuncture treatments to help strengthen the adrenal glands and the immune system.
    5. Drink more water & try to minimize use of caffeine.
    6. Make a conscious effort to get grounding

    Grounding or earthing is a little-known strategy to counter adrenal exhaustion. It requires nothing more than taking off your shoes and walking barefoot outside, ideally on dewy grass or on a clean sandy beach.

    Studies have shown that connecting your soles to the earth will massively increase the influx of free electrons into your body, which helps dissipate inflammation due to their potent anti-inflammatory action. It also has been proven to help the adrenals overall.

    Other helpful actions have included:
    Adding regularly fermented foods to my daily diet. This will dramatically increase the beneficial bacteria in my body helping to decrease pathogenic bacteria.

    At the same time I know it’s important to eat a diet low in sugars to promote a healthy gut flora and minimize body inflammation which has been known to cause stress to the adrenals.

    Anyway, that’s just my 2 cents worth. These things have helped me for many years when my stress gets completely out of control. I hope my tips help others as well.

    • Wow thanks for sharing your own experiences Karen. One day you’re going to have to teach me to do Reiki on myself, what a tool great tool to have in the arsenal.

  8. Hi Dennis,

    Of course I will be happy to teach you Reiki. You’re right, it’s a great tool which can help smooth out a lot of life’s rough patches.
    It would be a great tool for your amazing healing arsenal.