While it might seem like being stressed or anxious is binary, it’s more like a sum. Each stimulus accumulates even if they appear separate and unconnected e.g. personal vs work stress.
The accumulation raises the temperature of your emotional thermometer and each additional stimulus feels larger than it is making it difficult to do anything. That’s why it’s surprising that something seemingly so small feels outrageously difficult or causes you to ‘snap’.
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One can think of depression and anxiety as two ends of a spectrum. Depression often involves ruminating on things that have happened in the past. Anxiety often involves worrying about the future where something might happen.
A survey by Visier found that 89% of employees experienced burnout in the past year. The primary factors that contributed were workload (being asked to do more work, faster, work-life balance), culture (toxic workplace, micromanagement, lack of support from managers or co-workers), and world events (COVID-19 pandemic, police brutality, climate change).