Daniela tells me in the session that for the first time she has been able to take her monthly rehab at the hospital this Friday from work and that makes her happy, albeit a little tense: she’s not sure what. something will work That it should be urgent and come back to you on Monday as a big problem like a boomerang.
She has an autoimmune disease and for two years, she has been hospitalized once a month (usually on Fridays) to receive a transfusion and specialized care that allows her to continue her life normally . He started doing this two years ago.
Daniela works for an international corporation and has a high charge Which exposes them to the thousands of unimaginable and dynamic changes being faced by companies today (perhaps more than ever).
before and for a long time, he felt guilty Having admitted that day off and without being available at work, he “hidden” this information about his illness so as not to be “badly viewed” (?) by the team, and he even took computer emails. To check and do some work when I could.
After working on it in our sessions, he acknowledged the inevitable: need to stopTake that day to truly restore your body and mind.
The crisis of overwork and burnout
In recent times, there has been much discussion about burnout or burn syndrome, how to recognize it, what treatments can be offered.
In many corporate environments, says Cecilia Lindner (psychologist and part of our TYB corporate team), being sick, having personal responsibilities or having a problem or annoyance doesn’t seem relevant, especially in the post-pandemic time where it was set up. Is. Full remote work and performing “in spite of” has become natural.
If you’re at home it means you can get connected, so if you do it means you’re committed, that “you have the company shirt on well”, even if (sadly) is) you are different from your psychological needsWhat do you really want.
personal time vs. working time
Thus, the boundary between our personal time versus work time has become blurred—continues the professional—: the flexibility that this modality offers and which in many cases becomes positive, a more complex edge or a B. side is.
,you should be free To organize yourself, you can pick up your kids at school, do hobbies or go for physical activity as soon as you turn off the computer, but always with your cell phone on hand, as they can still tell you. Can write at 8 pm or on weekends. , ,
Korean philosopher Byung Chul Han describes it this way: “Workplaces, which had to be moved, could be clearly distinguished from non-workplaces (…), in contrast, digital equipment makes work mobile. each one Carries the job around with you Like a camp. We can no longer avoid work.” How true is this!
we got used to answer everything at onceThroughout the day, multitasking intensifies and this, if we do not learn to recognize it, participate in it and control it, can lead to suffering.
Being a “workaholic” is not a qualification
Why? We brag about our stress (or the art of becoming workaholics) Where is this idea of sex distorted to become a disease ravaging our bodies and our souls?
The WHO established increased tiredness or weakness, increased isolation at work, and a state of sadness and negativity, which together tend to make the afflicted feel, as symptoms of the disease. depressed, antisocial, anxious And the work performance is low.
According to a recent study conducted by Boomeran job portal, the phenomenon of Burnout syndrome accounts for 80.2% in ArgentinaAs in Chile.
It is 72.9% in Peru and 53.6% in Panama. At the regional level, users mostly reported stress, lack of motivation and a . has experienced unusual tiredness Due to excessive workload. Obviously, since the pandemic, it has gotten worse.
Perhaps we need to repair our mind to understand why we provoked it.
between the mind, fear and ecstasy
On the one hand, we can think that there are alarm region in the brain Sending us information about how dangerous it is not to include ourselves in that “privileged group,” the working army of workaholics. If we don’t agree with that, we’re out of class.
But we can also think that there is a reward in certain areas of the brain when We are successful or achieve achievements Which validates our overexertion.
This is how it all begins: a combination of the fear of not being part of that privileged group and the excitement of the struggle to reach the apple of success. a great cocktail One that spoils us with a multitasking dynamic and an endless social greed.
Do we have any choice in the face of this reality? Is suffering from burnout an inevitable destiny?
Tips for managing our stress
Here are a few things we can keep in mind to better manage this common tendency to stress at work:
Ilimit our motivation For work: This may be very important to us, but we have an energy and attention span, and if we put all of our resources there, we are left “dry” for the rest of our important areas .
IOrder our values priorityWhat we expect and want from our lives, focus on what we want to develop so that the desire for work is balanced with other desires.
IOrganize working hours properlyOffering spaces and healthy breaks where we do the actual “cleansing” of our mind.
Ipay attention to our body, for our thoughts and feelings so as not to be overwhelmed in specific situations. Mindfulness and mindfulness practices provide us with very valuable tools for this.
In this sense, develop what we call a objective introspection Or an active identification of oneself is important. Do not engage in emotional turmoil without being aware of what is happening to us.
IPay close attention to our acute self-demanding And our perfectionism, the damaging engine of the development of burnout. Train yourself in an attitude of greater kindness and self-care.
Imaintain healthy relationships And being able to communicate our needs to the organization. This is the key to finding the places where we feel “part” of the human network. Let’s be alert when we experience a fierce battle of ego and want to move to healthier and more stimulating places.
maintain one sports routine, healthy eating, a break Adequate repair and medical/psychological control, obviously and as we all know, are important too.
Let’s reduce and increase screen usage Contact with nature, with green and waterThe key to mental detoxification.
Ilet’s learn to lose And keep what we need and can. Let’s limit our immense ambition and respect and appreciate who we are.
Perhaps we could add even more to this list, but I think it’s a great way to start and, of course, a hard work to carry forward.
If we don’t do something now, we will be catastrophically exposed as soon as possible. rhythm that is not kind Very kind to us.
*Martin Renoso is a psychologist, director of Train Your Brain Argentina, and author of “Mindfulness, Scientific Meditation”.
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