Do You Feel Like You’re Approaching Burnout?
You’re not alone.
I have been there myself and I know that your deserving of care and your stress is valid and I am here to help!
Until now, burnout has been called a stress syndrome. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently updated its definition.
It now refers to burnout as “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed,”
The three symptoms included in the list are:
1- Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
2- Increased mental distance from one’s job or feelings negative towards one’s career
3- Reduced professional productivity
One of the largest problems when it comes to burnout is that many people feel ashamed for needing help, often because their work environments don’t support slowing down.
Frequently, people equate it to having a cold. They believe that one day of rest should make everything better.
People with symptoms of burnout may fear that taking time away from work or investing in self-care makes them “weak,” and that burnout is best overcome by working harder.
Neither of these is true.
Left untreated, burnout can cause folks to become depressed, anxious, and distracted, which can impact not only their work relationships, but their personal interactions, too.
When stress reaches an all-time high, it’s harder to regulate emotions like sadness, anger, and guilt, which may result in panic attacks, anger outbursts, and substance use.
However, changing the definition of burnout can help dismantle the misbelief that it’s “nothing serious.” It can help remove the incorrect assumption that those who have it don’t need occupational support.