Psychological Effects of Burnout or of Working in Environments and Closed Systems in People-  Recommendations and Alternatives for Various Cases

When a person feels that he is in a place, work, remains or is in a closed system, very controlled, hostile environments or works without rest, is exhausted and does not take vacations, he will suffer a traumatizing experience that will alter his emotional state inevitably. This phenomenon has been studied over time by many researchers and has been referred to in different ways as partial effect of exhaustion or has also been called as a small mental state of imprisonment, and has even been described as a small process of mourning for the temporary or partial loss of not being able to make their own decisions, alone and with a certain independence and freedom.

The term small mental state of imprisonment of uses in the field of the criminology, the daily life of the closed, hostile environments and of exhaustion by works a lot, is like being temporarily in a small mental prison or a very closed environment or system.

It is necessary to take into account that people who work hard and reach exhaustion or are in closed and highly controlled environments necessarily go through a process that results in apathy, depression, anguish and rebellion, a process that inevitably places them in a position of conflict .

How to cope with and endure the anguish of this reality if this is the case, that does not even manage to constitute itself as such for the person? Imperceptibly, defense mechanisms will be put into operation in order to procure some form of self-protection. The most usual are the negations, the rationalizations: this is an error, they are wrong with me and the projections: what am I doing here surrounded by people who are not my type.

Subsequently, some stages are described by which people go through work exhaustion, in closed or controlled environments and inevitably the emotional shock.

The first reaction is disbelief. Subsequently, aggressiveness, rebellion ensues. Manipulation is what characterizes the third stage, in which the negotiation attempts to get what you want begin, pressing the people around you, everyone. Then, depression is possible and, with it, a feeling of guilt, they fall into apathy, sleep all day or resort to drugs. Finally, the acceptance is, in general, very difficult for these people who in what we observe seem to go through the first four stages repeatedly.

People who fall into this exhaustion product of working hard or are in work environments and closed systems will find in that environment characterized by emotional isolation, permanent surveillance, lack of privacy, routine, repeated frustrations and a new scale of values which among other things, conditions interpersonal relationships based on distrust and aggressiveness. These subjects people to an emotional overload that will facilitate the appearance of imbalances in their behavior at best, when not the manifestation of behaviors frankly pathological.

In case of adaptive failure, a second stage would give way to true behavior disorders, fundamentally marked by aggressive behaviors, appearance of a depressive affective deterioration or the presence of episodes related to anxiety disorders in different manifestations, either somatizing, or in the form of acute anxious episodes. In a third level of this process of deterioration, if it is not corrected in time, a more severe pathology will appear, with severe affective disorders, abnormal experiential reactions or severe anxiety and maladjustment crises.

Some effects of Burnout and closed environments and systems:

– Biological: increases the instinct of attack, problems to fall asleep, sexual problems, sensory (vision, hearing, taste, smell …).

– Psychological: loss of self-esteem, impaired the image of the normal world due to exhaustion or monotonous and carefully regulated life, stress anxiety, depression, conformism, learned helplessness, dependency.

– Social: mental pollution, family separation, work, learning extreme survival patterns (lying, giving pain, etc.).

Some ideas and possible solutions to avoid these states and minimize their effects:

The Mental Escape:

This is accomplished by reading any book or used topics that you like, reading a book is used by an act of escape, imagination and integration with what you are reading.

It is advisable to read the books that you would like and also a little emphasis on travel books, stories, interesting biographies, cartoons, humor, science fiction, where you succeed in making a mental journey.

The mental escape is also achieved by going to open places, clear places and with enough nature, beaches, rivers, mountains, lakes, parks, etc.

Mental escape is also achieved through music, cinema and the arts (visits to museums, exhibitions, concerts, etc.)

Another way is also through games, board games, cognitive games, mental games, riddles, hobbies, etc.

Video games also help as long as they do not become an addiction.

The Spiritual Escape:

It is achieved through prayer and meditation.

Five minutes or up to 1 hour per day, through prayer you make an act of humility and an existential catharsis, giving thanks to exceed that think so many things, like also ask other as St. Paul says: ask and ye give to.

The Physical Escape:

It is achieved through sports, exercise, and productive activities, provided that exhaustion is not reached.

Something that helps a lot as long as you can make a small trip, a small vacation to another place and change the environment. It helps a lot because the physical and mental escape is achieved in only one.

The control of anxiety:

To calm the anxiety you have to calm the anxious, there are many ways, one of them exhausting the body through exercise and sports. An interaction between tension and distension, between exhaustion and rest.

You can also use natural products, natural relaxers such as tea, infusions.

Daily baths alternating hot water with cold water. Thermal baths and tub baths with  aromatics that relax the body.

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