all know that work can be stressful and many of us suffer from burnout. Now it
is official. The World Health
Organization (WHO) says work burnout is a “syndrome resulting from
chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” Moreover, based on WHO’s definition, managing
burnout is key to our mental health and wellbeing. Learn why burnout is on the
rise and how to cope.
term burnout has been around since the 1970’s and was first used to describe
professionals like doctors and nurses who sacrificed themselves to help others
– and then became exhausted and unable to cope.
in today’s non-stop, over-stimulated work and life environments, we all can
suffer from burnout. According to WHO’s International Classification of
Diseases Handbook, which is followed by health professionals, symptoms can
depleted of energy or exhausted
distanced or cynical about your job
difficulty doing your job successfully
WHO does not classify burnout as a medical condition, the organization notes
that work burnout is one reason people seek help from health professionals.
Is Burnout Real?
we say, “I hate my job.” Or we hear a colleague remark, “I just can’t take this
anymore.” However, work burnout is a more serious condition, leading to
anxiety, depression and not being able to do your job. And unfortunately
burnout is increasing. In fact, a 2018 Gallup survey found
that almost three in 10 millennials are very often or always burned out at work
and about seven in 10 experience at least some burnout. That’s a lot of
How to Cope with Burnout
work is getting you down and you see burnout on the horizon, take charge and find
ways to cope at your job and outside of work.
• Seek Silence: We are surrounded by
nerve-racking noise and “digital noise” is a big part of the problem. Look for
opportunities to decrease the noise in your life. Take a walk in nature.
Retreat at a “silent spa” (no smart phones or computers allowed.) Find quiet
time by embracing a mindfulness or meditation program. Or simply, shut your
phone off for longer times each day.
Make Time to Heal: Spas are places to relax and de-stress. For
example, a massage is more than a luxurious treat. Stress can manifest in
different ways for different people, from aches and pains, to muscle tension,
to physical and emotional exhaustion to burnout. Massage counteracts your body’s negative
response to stress, relaxing muscle tension and allowing your heart rate, blood
pressure, and circulation to return to normal.
• Set Boundaries and Give Yourself a Break:
It’s important to make time for your self and set boundaries at work and home–and,
as mentioned, take a break from 24/7 social media and digital devices. Let your
boss and colleagues know when you will and won’t be working (your boundaries
should include emails and texts after working hours). And be sure to take real
breaks during the day. Set time aside for a nourishing lunch and try to work in
a walk. Grabbing a bite while sitting at your computer doesn’t count!
Participate In Workplace Wellness
Programs: If you work for a company that has a HR department or workplace
wellness program in place, ask about ways you can participate. Many enlightened
employers have wellness benefits and activities to help employees stay engaged
and increase their wellbeing.
Find Professional Help: If you are
starting to notice work burnout, find a psychotherapist or mental wellness
professional who can help you develop new coping strategies. Depression and
chronic anxiety are serious illnesses and it’s important to ask for help when
you first notice symptoms.
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“ Depression: What is burnout?” Updated January 2017
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