When we continuously get stress signals, the system starts malfunctioning. The PFC and Hippocampus become overused, and are now unable to slow down the activation of the Amygdala and Hypothalamus. Without the brakes, the fire spirals out of control. Furthermore, because the PFC and Hippocampus are important for attention, thought and emotion regulation, learning, and memory, we lose focus, get emotionally unstable, can’t organize and prioritize, and we snap at our peers. Evidently, this makes the gap between what we can do and what we want to do even bigger, and before we know it, we are in a feedback loop from hell. If the stress system is continuously overused, at a certain point, stress becomes chronic: you will be unable to ‘find the off-button’, unable to relax, sleep, and recover. A burn-out is basically your body pushing the emergency ‘off-button’. Everything shuts down, and you will be literally unable to perform the simplest tasks.