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What is Burnout?

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

Are you Feeling Tired, Irritated, and wish you had Your Personal and Professional Motivation and Energy back?

Learn how to Recognize the Indicators of Stress before Extreme Stress and Burnout occur

What is 'Burnout'? Where do we Start?

Too much work or frequent frustration at work or in our personal lives can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion, referred to as, Burnout.

Burnout is particularly prevalent among professionals that work with people, in any capacity.

A high volume of work and frequent frustration at work can lead to a syndrome of physical and emotional exhaustion. It is an adverse stress reaction with psychological, psycho-physiological, and behavioural components.



Recognize the Beginning Signs of Burnout


The Signs of Burnout include the following:

1. Increased physical Complaints: Fatigue, irritability, muscle tension, stomach upset, and susceptibility to illness.

2. Social Withdrawal: Pulling away form coworkers, peers, family members

3. Diminished Sense of Humour: Inability to laugh at daily, typically funny situations

4. Changed Job Performance: Increased absenteeism, tardiness, use of sick leave, and decreased efficiency or productivity


5. Internal Changes: Emotional exhaustion, loss of self-esteem, depression, frustration, and a “trapped” feeling

6. Self-Medication: Increased use of alcohol, tranquilizers, and other mood-altering drugs

7. Internal Changes: Emotional exhaustion, loss of self-esteem, depression, frustration, and a “trapped” feeling

Or it may begin to manifest in loss of self-esteem, a negative attitude toward other people, callousness, poor job performance, high turnover, accidents at work, or in poor relationships



Discover if You or Someone you Know may be Suffering

Are you or a loved one suffering from burnout, or maybe you don't even realize it. Maybe believing that there may be something wrong with them or that they are unable to manage when often times, if supports are provided and stress management is employed, burnout and stress can be reduce exponentially


Do you think you may be suffering from burnout, or maybe starting to experience some negative stress-related symptoms?


Complete this self-assessment to find out by answering True or False to the following questions:


_______ 1. Is your efficiency at work declining?

_______ 2. Have you lost some of your initiative at work?

_______ 3. Have you lost interest at work?

_______ 4. Does work stress get to you more than it used to?

_______ 5. Do you feel fatigued or run down?

_______ 6. Do you get headaches?

_______ 7. Do you get stomach aches?

_______ 8. Have you lost weight recently?

_______ 9. Do you have trouble sleeping?

_______ 10. Do you experience shortness of breath?

_______ 11. Do you have frequent changing or depressing moods?

_______ 12. Are you easy to anger?

_______ 13. Do you get frustrated easily?

_______ 14. Do you feel more helpless than you used to?

_______ 15. Do you have trouble sleeping?

_______ 16. Are you using too many mood-altering drugs, e.g. tranquilizers or alcohol?

_______ 17. Are you becoming more inflexible?

_______ 18. Are you becoming more critical of your own and others competencies?

_______ 19. Are you working more but feeling that you are getting less done?

_______ 20. Have you lost your sense of humour?


If you answer true to more than half the statements on the Self-Assessment Quiz, you may be experiencing high stress and burnout, if you answered true to 15 or more of these statements, you may be experience physical and emotional exhaustion and potentially become very ill, depressed, or unable to fulfill typical tasks and obligations



 

Reach out for support if you are suffering from Burnout. Friends, family, support groups, a life coach, work supports, or other professionals. Don't wait until it's too late and you suffering from extreme stress or burnout to get some help

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