In today’s world where everything is fast paced, it is easy to experience stress and burnout at some point. Burnout is a condition which is not easy to spot because it can be mistaken for stress. According to Herbert Freudenberger, a psychologist, “burnout is the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results.” In short, if you are experiencing burnout, you may begin to lose interest in your job and in the activities you used to enjoy. You may feel tired all the time. If you are no longer excited about Mondays and you feel negative emotions each time you think of your job, it is time to do something about it.

Who is at risk of experiencing burnout?

Research shows that anyone is at risk of experiencing burnout. However, certain people experience burnout faster than other people. It seems you are more at risk if:

  • your job involves routine
  • you are constantly overloaded with work
  • you have to deal with a difficult employer and a negative work environment
  • you have a demanding job

Working hard itself does not lead to burnout. However, overworking oneself can lead to burnout. In this post, I will share some tips on some of the signs of burnout, and what to do when you start experiencing the symptoms.

Signs of burnout

  • Loss of motivation
  • Irritability with people in general
  • Having a negative outlook
  • Exhaustion
  • Escapism

"Today I will not stress over things I can't control." Unknown


 How to overcome burnout

Burnout will not simply go away on its own. It will need for one to acknowledge it and take steps to deal with it. Simply going away on a weekend will not solve anything. The best thing would be to seek help from a healthcare provider because the consequences of burnout can be severe.

It is also important to recognize burnout stressors and deal with them. Learning how to deal with stress is also helpful.

One cannot deal with burnout without addressing lifestyle habits. It is important to get enough rest, at least get enough sleep at night. Avoid working throughout the night. The body needs rest. It is also important to take breaks if you need to. Eating healthy and exercising can also help with overall well-being. Having a good morning routine helps one deal better with burnout.

It is better to prevent burnout than to deal with it.