Have you ever felt so stressed and exhausted at work that you just couldn't do it anymore? If so, you're not alone. Burnout is a growing problem in today's workplace, and it can have a serious impact on our physical and mental health.
What is Burnout?According to the World Health Organization (WHO), burnout is a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been effectively managed. It manifests in three dimensions: feelings of energy depletion, feelings of negativism, and reduced professional efficacy.
How Widespread is Burnout?Understanding the prevalence of burnout is crucial in acknowledging its seriousness. According to the recent Microsoft's Work Trend Index, 53% of managers report feeling burned out at work. This staggering statistic highlights the widespread impact of burnout, especially among managerial positions.
What Causes Burnout?Burnout often results from a combination of factors, with chronic stress being a common underlying element. Although it is common to link burnout to excessive workload, there are many other key contributors. For example, burnout can be caused by a lack of control, work-life imbalance, poor organizational support, and more.
How Can You Recognize Burnout?Detecting early signs of burnout is essential to address it promptly. Symptoms to watch for include physical exhaustion, emotional fatigue, reduced performance, negative emotional changes, social withdrawal, and dissatisfaction. Additionally, frequent illnesses, difficulty disconnecting from work, loss of interest in activities, and difficulty setting boundaries may also signal impending burnout.
How Can You Prevent Burnout?When battling burnout, nurturing mental well-being is paramount. Here are five tips to prevent burning out:
Burnout is a serious problem, both in Switzerland and all over the world. It can have a significant impact on our physical and mental health, and it can lead to decreased productivity, absenteeism, and even turnover.
However, burnout is preventable. By understanding its impact and following these tips, you can take proactive steps to protect your mental health and prevent burnout.
If you're feeling burned out, don't hesitate to reach out for help. There are many resources available to you, including therapists, coaches, and support groups. You don't have to go through this alone, you can reclaim your health and well-being.
By Anne-Laure Ninnis, Happiness and Mental Fitness Coach
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