Burnout is a psychological issue that develops from chronic exposure to stressors. Burnout commonly develops from on-the-job interpersonal stress and commonly results in exhaustion, feelings of being disconnected from your job, and a more general sense of being ineffective at your work and unable to accomplish your goals.
While burnout usually occurs within the context of work, it can also result from your personal life. For example, chronic relationship problems or issues within family, as well as difficulty meeting personal commitments, among other things, can contribute to burnout syndrome.
Signs of burnout can include:
-Ongoing fatigue (chronic fatigue);
-Difficulty sleeping (insomnia);
-Finding it hard to concentrate;
-Anxiety or agitation;
-Feeling sad or flat at work and in your personal life;
-Interpersonal difficulties, particularly in close relationships;
-Finding it difficult to work up the motivation and initiative to do things, particularly as they relate to work.
Overcoming burnout is possible with the right strategy. It is important to focus on your daily routine because when people are burnout they can often forget about themselves. We recommend that you use strategies to protect your time by setting boundaries around what you can actually achieve, rather than saying yes to everything or setting unrealistic targets that are inevitably hard to achieve. Make sure that you schedule adequate breaks and engage with your peers socially. Oftentimes, other experiences (including those from our early life) can contribute to burnout, and these are best understood through consultation with a clinical psychologist.
It can be important to talk to with a clinical psychologist to understand your specific stressors as well as the triggers that contribute to them.
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