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Mental Health and Stress Recovery: Burnout Recover

Your mental health continues to go up and down according to lifestyle and routine changes. A healthy mental state is where you’re optimally productive and responsive to surrounding stimuli. However, your mental health can take a hit if your surrounding situations become unfavorable in any respect.

For some people, abrupt changes can become disorienting. For others’ the absence of change and everlasting tedium can set off alarming triggers for your mental health. Since each individual is different, their mental health differs, and consequently, they need other recovery processes to get back on track.

What Is Stress?

Stress is a state of mind where an individual cannot withstand the burden of different psychological, emotional, or physical pressures. It is a state where one may feel overwhelmed or constantly exhausted from living through repetitive or even radically altering conditions.

Stress can take three different forms, depending on the environment and the individual:
1. Acute Stress

Acute stress is a type of stress that builds up within moments instead of building up over a longer, extended time. Acute stress occurs when you’re living through a seemingly routine with only minor problems and tasks to take care of, and then there’s a sudden force of an incident that can cause an upheaval in your not-so-eventful day.

Say you’ve cleared out your day to catch up on your assignments with your exams approaching in a week. You get a call from your sibling who tells you your mother’s having a terrible seizure. From her history of seizures, you know it’s not the kind of problem that you can deal with in an hour or two. This can suddenly impose stressful conditions on your brain, which may continue until the stressor-inducing factors and causes are resolved.
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2. Episodic Acute Stress

Episodic acute stress is when you experience bouts of acute stress at regular intervals. The triggers may be the same, or they may keep changing, but the conditions and symptoms of stress remain more or less uniform throughout the experiences. In other words, you can also call them episodes of acute stress because these come and go from time to time. The intervals may be regular or irregular, depending on the person’s specific mental conditions and coping capacities.

Episodic acute stress doesn’t stay for very long. It diminishes as suddenly as it arrives, which usually happens when the trigger no longer exists. In some instances, the symptoms may worsen or lighten with time, but in other cases, they may remain static in frequency and intensity across all episodes!
3. Chronic Stress

Chronic stress is the accumulation of stressors over a longer length of time. It’s when multiple stress-inducing factors continue to build up until they manifest their effects in one constant pressure exertion. Chronic stress is semipermanent. It may end at some point, but it generally doesn’t go away quickly. This is because other triggers keep contributing to the overwhelming sensation of pressure and impending trouble. Even when there are no new stress factors in one’s life, the symptoms of stress-induced by older factors may not disappear.

This way, the stress takes up a residence inside the person’s body and affects every step, action, and decision of their life. Chronic stress can also cause the patient to make future decisions under pressure, so the stress resulting from those decisions may add to the chronic pile of stressors. Chronic stress may increase or decrease at different points of life, but it doesn’t completely vanish from the picture. Caregiver stress is one fine example of this type of stress. Caregivers may cater to their loved ones for weeks, months, or even years and decades at a stretch. The constant pressure of looking after a sick or disabled person, coupled with worries about their health, the caregiver’s lifestyle, financial issues, and other stressors, can combine over time to create chronic stress situations.

Burnout From Stress

What happens when you keep rubbing two stones together? You end up lighting a fire. Similarly, when your stress keeps beating your brain over situations that it cannot control, your brain becomes intensely overwhelmed and exhausted from the constant pressure. At times, your brain and body may succumb to the pressure induced by these stressful situations, resulting in various mental and physical issues that we call a ‘burnout.’ When your brain and body keep dealing with the same problem without a break, the friction can

What is Burnout Recovery?

Burnout recovery heals the ‘burns’ caused by a stagnant, potentially toxic lifestyle. We offer burnout recovery to those who have been under stressful conditions long enough to sustain frictional burns on their mental and emotional health. Burnout recovery attempts to help patients look at their life through different and refreshing lenses. It also aims to help them change their living conditions so that the environment causing the burnout doesn’t sustain any longer.

Burnouts occur pretty often. At work, at home, and even in your daily social life. If you feel like you’re getting more and more irate living in the same conditions, our counselors can offer the help you might be needing!
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