What is Burnout Really?

culture praticaltools work life Apr 25, 2024

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that burnout is an “occupational phenomenon” defined as, “A syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

Burnout can manifest in various ways, affecting both mental and physical health. Here are six common symptoms of burnout:

  • Chronic fatigue: Individuals experiencing burnout often feel physically and emotionally exhausted, even after a full night's sleep. This fatigue can persist despite rest, leading to decreased energy levels and motivation.
  • Cynicism and detachment: Burnout can lead to feelings of cynicism, negativity, and detachment from work or other responsibilities. Individuals may develop a sense of disillusionment or resentment towards their job, colleagues, or other aspects of their life.
  • Reduced performance: Burnout can impair cognitive function, concentration, and productivity. Individuals may find it increasingly difficult to focus, make decisions, or complete tasks effectively, leading to a decline in job performance or academic achievement.
  • Increased irritability: Burnout can cause heightened levels of irritability, impatience, or frustration, even in situations that would not typically provoke such reactions. This can strain relationships with colleagues, friends, or family members.
  • Physical symptoms: Burnout can manifest in various physical symptoms, including headaches, muscle tension, stomach problems, and susceptibility to illnesses. These symptoms may arise as a result of chronic stress and the body's physiological response to prolonged emotional strain.
  • Loss of interest: Individuals experiencing burnout may lose interest or satisfaction in activities they once enjoyed, both within and outside of work. Hobbies, social interactions, and personal pursuits may feel unfulfilling or burdensome, contributing to a sense of apathy or disengagement.

It's important to note that burnout is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon, and individuals may experience a combination of these symptoms to varying degrees. Seeking support from friends, family, or mental health professionals is crucial for addressing burnout and promoting well-being. 

There is another answer we want to add to the mix: COLLECTIVE CARE. If your company invested in psycho-education and training for staff to understand how their team can operate in a healthy and effective manner, we could prevent this. If companies prioritized breaks and respected (and even celebrated!) boundaries, we could move into a healthier future.

At Movement Genius we equip companies with the education and resources to support their staff. Through a strategic partnership, Movement Genius helps companies:

  • Kick off team meetings with therapist-designed breathing routines
  • Distribute workshops like Preventing Burnout
  • Help employees find their passion or process their emotions through journal prompts
  • Teach their sales staff to support their nervous system before and after presentations and pitches
  • Equip medical personnel with the ability to identify emotions and process grief in a safe way while still at work 

Are you in an office that wants to do better, but is struggling? Movement Genius is happy to offer a free call to help you frame out better wellness support. Contact [email protected] or submit a request at this form

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