Are you finding that constant stress has left you feeling disillusioned, helpless, and exhausted? If so, you may be suffering from burnout. When you’re burned out, things look bleak, problems seem impossible to overcome, and it’s difficult to muster up the energy to do anything about your situation.
The unhappiness that burnout causes can threaten your job, your relationships, and your health. But burnout can be overcome. There are lots of things that can be done to get you back on track, rebalanced, and feeling happy and energised again.
Burnout is a term that has become commonplace in today's hectic world, but is often not well defined. Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. When you are burnt out you will feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet the demands of daily life. As the stress continues, things can get progressively worse as it impacts on your physical health, your motivation, and your ability to function effectively.
Burnout should be a major concern of both employers and employees as it reduces productivity and impacts interpersonal relationships.
If you can relate to any of the following you may be heading towards burnout:
Keep an eye out for future posts on the difference between stress and burnout, more detail on burnout prevention, and why we suffer from burnout.
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