Burnout, or Something Else?
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Symptoms of Burnout
We’ve all had a case of the work blahs, but what if it’s more than that?
Burnout has been defined as “the erosion of engagement with your job,” and is a natural response to a variety of workplace stressors. The most common symptoms are:
- Physical and emotional fatigue
- Cynicism or detachment
- Feeling ineffective, unworthy or a lack of accomplishment
Burnout can also flare alongside other chronic stressors at home or in the community. In its mildest forms, a bit of self-care can help. But when it’s severe, it might be time to ask for help.
Why Burnout Matters
Severe burnout can lead to a host of more damaging personal and professional issues, choices and consequences. On the other hand, recognizing burnout can lead to a deeper understanding of factors affecting your well-being.
If you are suffering from burnout, here are two key messages to take to heart:
You’re not alone: Millions of people suffer from burnout. The average age of first-time burnout is 32 years old.
There’s no shame: You’re not weak, flawed or a failure. It’s not a mental illness. It’s a natural stress response.
What Causes Burnout?
There are six main causes of burnout, and numerous ways to counter each cause.
High demands, low resources
Lack of autonomy, not aligned with strengths
Lack of positive feedback or recognition
Unsupportive or toxic bosses or coworkers
Rules/policies unfairly applied across organization
Workplace values not aligned with your values