Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet life’s constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest and motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place. Burnout reduces productivity and saps your energy, leaving you feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical and resentful. Eventually, you may feel like you have nothing more to give.
Being burned out means feeling empty and mentally exhausted, devoid of motivation and beyond caring. People experiencing burnout often don’t see any hope of positive change in their situations. While excessive stress feels like one is drowning in responsibilities, burnout is a sense of being/feeling all dried up. And while you’re usually aware of being under a lot of stress, you don’t always notice burnout when it happens.
The negative effects of burnout spill over into every area of life – including your home, work, and social life. Burnout can also cause long-term changes to your body that make you vulnerable to illnesses like colds, flu and others. Because of its many consequences, it’s important to deal with burnout right away!
Most of us have days when we feel helpless, overloaded, unappreciated, or when dragging ourselves out of bed requires what seems like superhuman strength – this may occur from time to time due to a variety of reasons. However, if you feel like this most of the time, you may be burned out. Burn out is characterised by:
Burnout results in:
Job burnout can result from various factors, including:
Burnout can be reversed and the taking necessary steps can help you to feel healthy and positive again, but trying to push through the exhaustion and continuing as you have been, will only cause further emotional and physical damage. Whether you recognize the warning signs of impending burnout or you’re already past the breaking point; you need to take the time to pause and implement actions to overcome burnout. In order to effectively combat burnout, you need to:
The following tips for preventing or dealing with burnout can help you cope with symptoms and regain your energy, focus, and sense of well-being:
Stay aware of and take good care of your mental health especially as we are living in troubling and demanding times. You only have one life and it is your priority to take care of it.