Recognize a burn-out
Nowadays, burn-out is everywhere. It is something you can’t really understand until the day you find yourself suffering from it.
We talked to Tom, who collapsed three months ago and is still fighting against burn-out. He wanted to monitor himself with our Mindstretch app because he was looking for ways to help him in his situation.
Slow down your schedule
Tom normally is busy at work and also in his private life with a lot of organisational tasks. At present, he only works in the morning because he can’t concentrate for a whole day. In the afternoon, he tries to do things that can give some relaxation. Tom is now monitoring with Mindstretch for one month. He discovered that he doesn’t get a lot of energy recovery, only during some nights or when he is cycling. During the day, his measurement results are mostly orange because he often feels nervous. He wants to be active but doesn’t know what to do or how and that frustrates him. This is one of the main problems when you have a burn-out.
To have some regularity in his life, Tom has fixed hours to go to bed and wake up. During weekends, these hours differ slightly but the total amount of sleep is mostly the same. By monitoring with Mindstretch, he learnt some things about his sleeping pattern. His nights are mostly recovering, however, when he dreams in his sleep and wakes up feeling nervous, this is not reflected in his graph. Of course, dreaming only takes seconds and does not have a high impact on the total night.
Take care of your health
At this moment, Tom hasn’t found many activities that are relaxing for him, except sleeping and sometimes cycling. But this is normal, it takes a long time to recover from a burn-out and this period is different for every person. Tom wishes he would have started monitoring before he collapsed. As Mindstretch starts from your own energy baseline, Tom’s baseline would have been different at that time, when he was in good shape, and the measurement results would have indicated that he was at risk.
On a Mindstretch base
When we asked Tom if he wanted to keep-on monitoring, he first hesitated because he sometimes became impatient when the bullets did not turn green fastly enough. Tom hopes to find more energy also during the day so that he can plan activities which he can look forward to and have fun. Therefore, he is going to keep-on monitoring. He wants to get better and move on with his life as soon as possible.
We want to thank Tom for his commitment and that he was willing to take this interview. We wish him the best of luck in his fight against burn-out!