Stress-related complaints and depletion do not occur overnight, but are a process that occurs insidiously. For our body’s response to stress is a very natural adaptation mechanism. It makes you more energetic and focused in all kinds of activities. However, things go wrong when you do not replenish your energy properly, when you do not “recharge” your battery in time.
When this is the case over a long period of time, your body goes into chronic “overdrive”. You find it increasingly difficult to relax. It becomes increasingly difficult to recharge and you do not recover after your exertions. If your symptoms are so bad that you no longer function well at home or at work, you have a nervous breakdown. A few months’ rest can help you resume your activities. However, if you stay in overdrive, there will come a time when you can’t do anything at all. That is when you have a burnout.