What is burnout?
Since the health crisis of 2019, the number of French employees who have experienced burnout has only increased. It is estimated that 3 out of 10 French people are in a state of burnout. But what is burn-out? We'll explain it all to you. Burn-out is defined by the HAS (Haute Autorité de Santé) as "physical, emotional and mental exhaustion resulting from prolonged investment in emotionally demanding work situations". Basically, burnout is often the result of various stresses that exist in the workplace and can produce physical, emotional and mental signs.
It has three components:
- emotional exhaustion ;
- indifference to work, known as "cynicism";
- a feeling of non-accomplishment in your work.
Certain factors, mainly related to the demands of your work, are thought to contribute to the risk of developing burnout syndrome, such as the amount of time spent at work or its high intensity. With an increase of about 25% compared to May 2021, there are currently about 2.55 million French people who are affected by a serious burn-out.
Some symptoms of burnout
- Permanent fatigue
- Chronic stress and anxiety
- Muscle aches and pain
- Feeling overwhelmed by work
- Low self-esteem
Burnout: in other domain
Burnout can also be felt by parents who, under pressure, develop the same symptoms as a traditional burn-out, i.e. at work. This is known as parental exhaustion, which leads to an emotional distance from one's children. Just as at work, parents suffering from parental burnout feel this inefficiency in fulfilling their role.
Teachers are also affected by burnout, affecting almost 17% of teachers, causing them to leave the education sector. Students come third in the list of those most affected by this illness.
Burnout and depression: what are the differences?
While burnout initially occurs in the professional sphere, depression can occur in everyday life. So how do you know if you are experiencing burnout or depression?
First of all, it is important to understand the differences between these two phenomena. Burn-out occurs after prolonged and uncontrolled periods of stress, which contributes to its onset, but it is very different. We explain...
Stress causes people to feel rather reactive emotions, creating a sense of urgency and anxiety that has a physical impact on the body. It is omnipresent, and can be managed, in the short term, more easily and in a healthier way.
Burn-out will make you feel dull and distant, a sense of helplessness and dissatisfaction with the work you do. While depression requires medical treatment, burn-out starts with a work stoppage. This first stage allows people to rebuild their lives and rethink their relationship with their professional activity.
The difference between burn-out and depression lies in the will. Whereas depression pushes you to give up everything, burn-out pushes you to fight and to continue with the little energy you have left.
CBD against burn-out
If you're here, it's because you're looking for a natural solution that will allow you to improve your health. Come on, we'll explain how CBD could help you.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is known for its multiple virtues that will act on the human body in a positive way, unlike its cousin, THC, which is responsible for psychotropic effects. In fact, we have compiled a list of its main benefits for you.
This molecule, derived from the hemp plant, will reach your endocannabinoid receptors in your body, affecting your physical and mental state.
With its relaxing and soothing properties, CBD has already proven its effectiveness in all fields, even in cosmetics. It allows you to relieve your insomnia, pain, stress, anxiety and even prevent the signs of depression. Everything that burn-out encompasses.
In particular, it is known to regulate serotonin, the so-called "happiness hormone", which acts on the central nervous system to regulate certain behaviours such as mood and emotion. Cannabidiol can bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors, resulting in a positive change in your mood.
CBD therefore plays a role in relaxation without making you addicted. Just what you need to recharge your batteries and take some time for yourself if you are in a burn-out phase. A few drops of CBD oil under the tongue is enough for the product to work.
What the studies say about CBD
Published in August 2021, a study conducted in Brazil on a hundred health professionals on the front line during the Covid-19 pandemic, who were victims of burnout, shows a spectacular advance.
The patients were separated into two groups: one receiving standard burn-out treatment, the other CBD (300 mg per day in two doses - i.e. 150 mg) for 28 days.
The results were very positive: in the group taking CBD, there was a significantly greater reduction in burnout than in the group without CBD. Despite the very encouraging results, the research team wishes to remain very cautious about the data received. But it's still pretty good news!
CBD is, unfortunately, not THE miracle solution. We still advise you to consult your doctor and to be monitored; however, it remains a very good alternative to the problems encountered above, if you ever want to use a natural method without side effects.
Once again, CBD proves that it has a solution (or almost) for every problem encountered. If you liked our little article, we invite you to look at the others, you'll see, they're all just as cool! And don't hesitate to join us on our Instagram for more content.
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The Cakespace Team.