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Emotional health-Finding peace Family health General

Burnout

Burnout is now classified as a disease. 
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“The World Health Organization (WHO), an agency which guides many health providers and organizations, now includes “burnout” in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Handbook, where it is described as “an occupational-related condition resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.
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According to the WHO, doctors can issue a diagnosis of burnout if a patient exhibits three symptoms: feeling depleted of energy or exhausted; feeling mentally distanced from or cynical about one’s job; and problems getting one’s job done successfully. The WHO notes that burnout is to be used specifically “in the occupational context” and that it “should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.” 
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I don’t agree with the limited context as l feel that if you have reached a point of burnout at work, you have also reached that point in other areas of your life. Feeling stressed, depleted, exhausted and mentally distanced cannot be confined and isolated to the workplace.
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If you are feeling this way, please reach out for help. There are many caring and experienced practitioners out there who can support and help you navigate your way back to health. 
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https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2158244017697154

Wishing you wellness,

Mary Clark

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Emotional health-Finding peace Family health General

A Simple Life

“The world can be such a noisy place. Loud, haranguing voices lecturing me to hustle, to improve, build, strive, yearn, acquire, compete, and grasp for more. For bigger and better. Sacrifice sleep for productivity. Strive for excellence. Go big or go home. Have a huge impact in the world. Make your life count.

What if all I want is a small, slow, simple life? What if I am most happy in the space of in between? Where calm lives. What if I am mediocre and choose to be at peace with that?”

I believe that there is a welcoming peace in what the author refers to as “mediocre”, but l like to refer to as simple, extraordinary, slow, graceful and the fabulously freeing good enough. 

Undoubtedly there is also an excitement in the race to achievement, in being driven, being the best you can be and wanting more. 

Both options can bring you joy at different times of your life. In my opinion it is all about maintaining a balance. 

What if All I Want is a Mediocre Life?

What if all I want is a small, slow, simple life? What if I am most happy in the space of in between? Where calm lives. What if I am mediocre and choose to be at peace with that? Photo courtesy of Erin Loechner The world is such a noisy place.

This is another useful read. 

Simple Living Tips for the Stressed Out or Recovering Perfectionist

Simple living tips for the stressed out or recovering perfectionist. Fewer “shoulds” and more freedom; less hustle, more curiosity; less jumping through hoops and more putting my feet up to read; less stress, more purposeful action; doing the work I love imperfectly and joyfully.

Wishing you wellness,

Mary Clark

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Emotional health-Finding peace Family health General

Chronic Pain and Self-Esteem

“Grieving your old self when chronic illness turns you into someone you don’t like. This loss is so profound – how do you grieve for someone who is here but not here? I no longer recognize myself. I don’t know who I am anymore.”

This is such a powerful statement. 

Chronic illness is not only debilitating, but it can also be incredibly isolating. Many will not only feel a disconnect from others and their community, but also feel a disconnect from themselves. 

Having family, friends, a community, therapists and a support group can help. Having a safe space to explore your feelings and be vulnerable is incredibly valuable for not only the individual suffering from chronic illness but also for their carers. 

Megan Klenke, one of the authors in the referenced articles, states:

“One of the most difficult parts of being chronically ill has been the effect it’s had on my self-esteem. 

That probably sounds very strange, given that chronic illness comes with a whole slew of physical, mental and emotional challenges that might seem to take precedence over something that seems less immediately problematic like how I value myself. 

Don’t get me wrong, the physical symptoms are awful and have caused me too many breakdowns to count at this point. I also have many worries about what my future may be like, how quickly my diseases may progress, how my family and I will handle all my medical expenses and so on. 

But outside of these more obvious worries, I’ve realized that many of my other mental or emotional struggles since becoming sick, seem to be related to my lowered self-esteem.”

How Chronic Illness Can Drastically Affect Your Self-Esteem

I think one of the most difficult parts of being chronically ill has been the effect it’s had on my self-esteem. That probably sounds very strange, given that chronic illness comes with a whole slew of physical, mental and emotional challenges that might seem to take precedence over something that seems less immediately problematic like how I value myself.

Grieving Your Old Self When Chronic Illness Turns You Into Someone You Don’t Like

I’ve been crying a lot. I cried this afternoon in frustration. Another doctor appointment, another diagnosis, another problem to fix. One that may not even be fixable. I cried early this morning, 3 a.m. to be exact. I was woken from a deep sleep, nauseous and in unbelievable pain.

7 Ways I Cope With My Loss of Identity After a Chronic Illness Diagnosis

When I became ill in early 2015, it felt like my world was coming to an end. I had my dream job, I was volunteering and I had just finished my counseling diploma. I was looking forward to spending more time with my family and for life to become a little slower paced.

Wishing you wellness,

Mary Clark

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