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Are Burnouts Real In Children?

Are Burnouts Real In Children?
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Are Burnouts Real In Children?

Burnouts in children must sound peculiar to you because it’s a known fact that burnout happens mostly to adults due to their daily activities at home and work. So why would burnout be real in children whose main job is schooling and enjoying recreational activities?

Before I dive into details, let’s understand what “Burnout” is.

“Burnout refers to mental and emotional exhaustion due to consistent pressures or demands on a child.”

It is also when a child overworks continuously for an extended period and soon loses passion for the activity.

So is burnout in children real?

Yes, it is accurate and kills most children silently because parents and caregivers don’t understand or notice the signs.

Even if they recognise the signs, they consider it a childhood rebellion.

We may want to blame the kids for not speaking up and making it known that they are going through burnout.

I think we shouldn’t, because some children are high achievers and will do anything to maintain that status. They prefer to die in silence than allow their parents, friends, or teachers to know they are facing such a phase.

 Some children tell what’s going on, but their parents or caregivers are busy or distracted with other activities to listen to them.

 Also, some children can’t communicate their feelings and emotions because their caregivers or parents failed to teach them how to express themselves and what words to use. The best they can do is use non-verbal cues to interact with their parents or caregivers, and if they don’t decode them, the child is at a loss and left alone with his or her issue.

So, what are the signs parents need to recognise in their children? Let’s dive into it!

Signs Of  Children  Burnout To Watch Out For

  • Low interest in recreational activities:

When a child who always feels thrilled to participate in recreational activities or hobbies starts withdrawing from them, it may be their way of dealing with burnout.

  • Always anxious:

A child facing burnout may start experiencing anxiety symptoms, and if these symptoms are not treated early, they could disrupt the child’s daily routine.

It could also affect their mental health leading to breakdowns and lashing out.

  • Having issues concentrating:

Burnout can take charge of a child’s social and academic life. When there are a lot of pressures from both sides, it becomes difficult for them to focus on a particular activity or subject in school or at home, and once it becomes constant, their interests will start declining.

  • Sleeping during school hours:

Some children love staying up at night watching movies, studying, or catching up with friends. This behaviour is acceptable, but this could affect them when it starts interfering with their routine, making them stay up to work harder on assignments and projects and complete home tasks. They might try to catch up on lost sleep during school hours or at home while eating.

How Parents Can Help Their Children

Before administering solutions to your child’s issues, first, understand the signs and symptoms of burnout. It may be signs of other medical problems like depression, anxiety, or abuse.

Listen also to your child to understand them. If it is burnout, you should visit thé physician for a proper medical checkup.

You can also help out by:

  • Help your child create a schedule where every activity is balanced and engaging
  • Always listen attentively to your child’s verbal and non-verbal cues. Anything that will distract you, stop it for that moment and focus on them
  • Educate your child on failure, and tell them it is part of our life as success is

Are Burnouts Real In Children?

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