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Burnout ≠ Depression
  • According to the International Classification of Diseases, burnout is not a medical condition, while depression is.
  • Burnout is a combination of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a reduced sense accomplishment specifically related to the workplace.
  • Burnout is a stepping stone to, but itself distinct from, depression.
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Someone who's burnt out might not need an antidepressant. In contrast to someone with depression, someone who's burnt out might not even need to see a mental health professional; they might instead need time away from work or to address their work schedule or have some help managing some stuff in the workplace.

However, therapy can help most people, so it can help those with burnout, too.

Avoiding painful feelings

Saying "I'm fine" is a form of avoidance. You may say you are fine to protect yourself from painful feelings.

Generally, codependents are uncomfortable with emotions and try to suppress them. After years of suppressing their feelings, they may be unaware of them. They say I'm fine because they don't recognise how they feel.

We also say I'm fine to avoid strife. We don't share our thoughts because someone might get angry with us.

We may also desire to be even-tempered. We don't want to cause conflict because it might drive people away. We may think that people won't like us if we have complicated feelings and would rather pretend to be fine and never complain about anything.

Pretending we don't have any issues can be a form of denial. We want everyone to think we're doing great because we're afraid of the embarrassment and judgment that might come if people knew we're struggling. We also ignore our problems because they're overwhelming, and we don't know how to solve them.

But, while avoiding issues is easier, we know it isn't an effective long-term solution.

If you are used to denying your feelings and problems, it can be difficult to look at them. However, if we want to have better relationships, we have to acknowledge that we're not okay and are possibly hurt, afraid, or angry.

To move out of denial, start with acknowledging your feelings. This can be done through journaling. Try not to judge your emotions as it provides valuable insight. Instead, consider why you're feeling a particular way.

Gravity is one of the universe's fundamental forces

Scientists know four forces - things that attract or repel one object from another. The strong force and the weak force operate only inside the centres of atoms. The electromagnetic force rules objects with excess charge, and gravity directs objects with mass.

People have long speculated about gravity. While ancient Greek and Indian philosophers observed gravity, it was the insight from Isaac Newton that made it possible to measure and predict the phenomenon.

In 1687, Isaac Newton's treatise Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica showed that every object in the universe, small and great, pulled on every other object, from a grain of sand to the planets.

Newton could compute the attraction: Doubling the mass of one object makes its pull twice as strong, and bringing two objects twice as close quadruples their mutual pull.

While Isaac Newton's description of gravity was good enough to detect Neptune's existence in the mid-1800s, Newton's law was not perfect. Astronomers discovered a mismatch between his law and the laws of nature.

This mismatch was resolved in 1915 when Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity. Before this theory, physicists knew how to calculate a planet's gravitational pull, but they didn't understand why gravity behaved this way.

Albert Einstein held that space and time together made up the universe's fabric that could stretch and compress. Einstein suggested that the shape of spacetime is what gives rise to the force of gravity. A concentration of mass, like the earth or sun, bends space around it, like water that bends around the flow of a river. When other objects move closeby, they follow the curvature.

Einstein's field equations of general relativity, which show how matter and energy warp spacetime, gained acceptance when they successfully predicted the changes in Mercury's orbit.

The current description of gravity is so accurate that it has become a guide for cosmic discoveries.

American astronomers noticed in the 1960s that galaxies appear to rotate fast enough to spin-off stars. However, they did not whirl apart, and something seems to help them stick together. Most physicists now suspect that "dark matter" warps spacetime enough to keep galaxies and galaxy clusters intact.


The term sophrology is made up of three Greek words: sos (harmonious and serene), phren (consciousness), and logos (the science or study of); put together sophrology is the study of consciousness in harmony. It consists of several physical and mental exercises that improves our mental health, wellness, productivity and creativity.

Sophrology is the blend of eastern and western philosophies, founded by Professor Alfonso Caycedo, a neuropsychiatrist from Spain in the 1960s.

Sophrology is used to treat and overcome many symptoms and challenges such as pregnancy pain, restlessness, and even sleep issues. In the modern era, burnout and anxiety can also address the symptoms using the practice of sophrology.

When you are in a calm and rebalanced state of mind, you are bringing awareness to your body thus putting focus towards your innermost thoughts that can help you breathe through the mental and physical symptoms of burnout and anxiety.

Sophrology isn't used only to treat burnout symptoms and anxiety. It also teaches us that every single one of us has the ability to take control of how we handle situations and feel about outcomes.

When we practice sophrology both individually and as a team, we will gain collective knowledge and strength in order to grow overall morale. As Phil Jackson once famously said "the strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team."

A team works best when everyone is on the same page and is cooperative of each other. ny type of negative energy will only hinder the team and provide the possibility of lagging behind.

Every single member in a team must practice a state of balance through consciousness regularly in order to take in creativity, focus, and productivity. You can practice with exercises that release tension, breath control, and happiness visualization exercises.

Ann Landers
“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”

Exercising emotional agility is one of the most useful ways to let go of past events that are stopping you from moving on. It consists of:

  • Connection. Talking it out with someone you feel safe around. Share your experience and your feelings.
  • Contribution. Help others who have gone through a similar experience.
  • Compassion. Be kind to yourself. Make sure you are making progress, but don’t rush it. It’s not a race.
Letting go of the illusion of control

We need to give control to get control.

This means giving people (the people you love, your employees, even yourself) the flexibility to experience with the rules. Instead of a rigid framework, define one with key principles.

  • Because they have sentimental value. This value can come from past experiences or future expectations.
  • Because we are scared to be wasteful. Maybe we think that an object could be needed again in the future, or we feel guilty about the money we spent in the first place.

Learning to let go of things is about reflecting on the real value of your belongings and letting go of the unnecessary ones.

  • Start the process of getting rid of stuff progressively: begin with the easy ones - items you don’t even remember what they are or what they’re supposed to be used for.
  • Slowly move up towards more sentimental items. Ask yourself: “Why do I care about this item?”
“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.”

Learning to let go of people is not always a negative experience. You can use it an opportunity for personal growth.

  • Let yourself feel all the range of emotions the relationship brings about.
  • Take time to reflect: What did you learn from this relationship?
  • Forgive and be grateful for the lessons you learned about the world and yourself, and keep the positive moments as reminders of a relationship that helped you grow.

Sometimes, specific goals can limit your learning opportunities.

Keep a bit of space in your life for discovery, for doing things just for the sake of it.

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