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Burnout and the warning signs

Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion. It is most commonly experienced when under long term stress at work.

Common signs of burnout include:

  • Feeling tired and drained all the time

  • Self-doubt

  • Negative outlook on life

  • Feeling trapped

  • Feeling alone

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Not being productive

In 2019 WHO (the World Health Organisation) officially recognised burnout as and occupational phenomenon. With the lines between work and home life increasingly blurring during the pandemic with up to 46%(1) of people working from home and losing most of their social interaction.

Burnout is not something that will just go away. The root of the problem must be addressed, and support given.

Shockingly in a report done by Mental Health UK 1 in 5 people felt unable to manage stress and pressure in their workplace!(2)

The pandemic brought with it a lot of uncertain and sometimes sary times and as such increased many people's stress levels.

Some of the biggest factors that contributed to burn out throughout the pandemic were:

  • Money worries

  • Working from home

  • Worries about job security

  • Isolation

  • Sleep

  • Homeschooling children

  • Caring for others

According to a study supported by WHO conducted by Christina Maslach and Michael Leiter there are 6 key areas where you can experience imbalance in the workplace that can lead to burnout(3)

  • Huge workloads – Your workload is too much for you to complete to a high standard.

  • Perceived lack of control – You feel as though you lack autonomy, access to help or resources and control over your work life that begins to affect your personal life.

  • Lack of reward – You don’t receive recognition or reward that matches the effort and time you put into them.

  • Lack of community at work – You are not surround