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How to identify and deal with burnout at work

01 Mar 2017
Tired man rubs his eyes in front of a laptop screen

From an increased heart rate, to unexplained aches and pains and self-criticism, the signs of burnout are many

Burnout affects people in different ways and it can take some time to realise things are awry. Classic stress signifiers include increased heart rate and breathing, dry mouth and sweatiness – all triggered by a rise in adrenaline.

Leanne Spencer (@riseshinemethod) hit “rock bottom” in 2012. After a 17-year City career, stress and poor diet conspired in one client meeting where, “My hands started shaking quite badly. My heart was racing and I was sweating… The inescapable truth was my life had been spiralling out of control for some time."

She is better placed than most to recognise the signs of burnout. Spencer is also a member of IoD 99 and the author of Amazon bestseller Rise and Shine, which reveals how and why exercise and lifestyle interventions can help executives to recover from burnout.

Spencer talks to Director.co.uk and reveals…

  • The lengths people will go to disguise the signs of burnout, adding that “Our macho corporate culture hardly helps”.
  • The emergence of ‘competitive presenteeism’ – “a game of how sick you can be and still come into the office”.
  • Six essential tips to tackle chronic stress including physical activity, which increases blood flow to the brain, generates ‘happy hormone’ neurotransmitters such as endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, while the extra oxygen helps the brain’s hippocampus (the brain’s memory system) create fresh brain cells.

Find out more by reading the full article


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