Burnouts can happen with the things you love the most!
Mental burnout in runners is extremely common. Burnout itself is common for almost everyone, pertaining to what one is passionate about. If you are passionate about writing then it is likely you will experience a burnout at one point in time. You may be an accountant, a student, or a runner among many others that define you and your passion. Everyone is prone to a mental burnout.
When I was in College, I felt burned out and dropped out from the Cross Country team...only to find myself gaining 30 lbs of fat along with failing classes. I ended dropping out of College for a semester to "find myself" and realized that the thing I needed most was what I was so passionate about to begin with; running. It put order in my life. The following semester I went back to classes, dropped the 30 lbs and got back on the team. The burnout phase sucked, but it was super important for me to realize many positives. A lesson indeed.
Burnout is a psychological phenomenon wherein you get to an emotional phase when you cannot go any further, but its all a learning process and a runner must never forget that.
Causes Of Mental Burnout In Runners
There are many causes of mental burnout in runners. Some of them are an inability to see the goal, finding the training process to be futile, not being able to relate to the larger plans, setting too high a goal, not seeing results, physical problems, lack of enthusiasm, mental blockage and personal problems among others.
The causes of mental burnout in runners can vary widely. Some people may experience a burnout when there is no immediate or short term goal. Some may not be able to relate to a very long term goal. Some people may be passionate but they may not be able to achieve the speed or results which may result in a burnout. Some people may be going through a very difficult time in their personal lives which may compel them to feel a burnout.
How To Cope With Mental Burnout In Runners
Boredom, lack of interest, mundane regimens and several other psychological factors lead to mental burnout in runners. Motivation or inspiration may work for the time being but what one needs is a relatively longer solution which can only be achieved by making tangible changes on the ground.
First, you must try and find out if anything is wrong with your health. Often, undiagnosed diseases, underlying disorders (such as low iron) or some health problems can cause mental burnouts...so its important to check those things first.
Next, you should change your training schedule and should opt for different kinds of training programs. Try some biking instead. Take some time off from the running....and just let your mind reflect. Its ok, you won't get in terrible shape...because when you get that spark back, you'll be much more energized to get back into it. The mind is a super important muscle and key element for runners. You have to respect that and take the appropriate measures to make sure it is firing up on all cylinders.
Another option is you can bring in a few people, form a group or join a group of runners so you can socialize, share your story and your mind and become friends with the people which will allow you to enjoy your training.
Take the necessary break from your training and running, find your interest back or reignite your passion and then give it a go again. Its all a learning process and nearly every runner eventually has to cope with it. Stay strong!
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