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. It isn’t always as you think! Contrary to what Tom thought, his nights are mostly recovering, also when he stays awake and can’t sleep anymore. When he is dreaming a lot in his sleep and wakes up feeling nervous, he would think that this has taken a lot of energy but actually, dreaming only takes seconds and it did not really show in his graph.
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 is happy with Mindstretch but it would have been better if he could 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. Mindstretch can help you to determine your energy takers and where you need to pay attention to. Best case scenario is when you know your life is very busy and start monitoring because you know you have to take care for your own health.
On a Mindstretch base
When we asked Tom if he wanted to keep-on monitoring, he hesitated because his experience with Mindstretch was looking at his results too often. He wants this unhappy period to be over as soon as possible and sometimes becomes impatient, hoping to get positive energy levels whilst this might not yet happen. But our engineers are already working on this remark and are doing tests without showing the real-time energy use. 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. Tom has always been an active and happy person and he hopes these days will return soon.
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!