Exercise: Keeping track of symptoms

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To gain insight into your symptoms, it is important to keep track of them. Since tension is paramount to a burnout, this will be one of the symptoms that you will register. If you find it difficult to be aware of when you are feeling tense/stressed, you can also choose to keep track of a tension-related symptom, such as headaches or concentration problems.

You can keep track of your complaints in the app with the Trackers. Go to ‘Track’ and add a new tracker. Then choose what you want to track, for example tension by using the tracker ‘Tension’. The video below will show you how to do this:

 

Now that you have added the tracker, you can easily create a new registration and indicate the intensity. You can also add a diary note if you want to write about it. By doing this, you and your professional can gather more information on the moments during which you experience tension.

Preferably, try to keep track of your symptoms by the hour. If this is difficult in your situation, you can discuss which frequency would suit your situation the best with your professional.

 

After returning to work

When you are slowly but surely returning to work, it is important to monitor the tension/stress you experience in relation to certain events or tasks. Try keeping track of your tension for each specific event or task. Include a diary entry to describe what happened. You can think of specific tasks such as meetings, administrative tasks or important phone calls. Events can include a heated discussion, a colleague acting difficult or accidentally being late. You can discuss important situations with your professional during the sessions to review obstacles and come up with solutions.

 

Source: 

Keijsers, G. P. J., Van Minnen, A., Verbraak, M., Hoogduin, C. A. L. & Emmelkamp, P., (2017). Protocollaire behandelingen voor volwassenen met psychische klachten.

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