Burnout is characterised as a psychological syndrome that occurs in response to prolonged exposure to stress at work. Research shows that burnout can lead to mental and physical health complaints, increased use of alcohol and drugs, personal relationship difficulties, absenteeism, increased turnover and decreased work productivity. This blog seeks to provide an understanding of burnout and suggests some simple strategies to establish a good work-life balance and reduce the impacts of burnout now and into the foreseeable future.
Burnout consists of three dimensions. Have you experienced any of the following?
Emotional exhaustion is considered the first reaction to prolonged exposure to work stress and is defined as the chronic depletion of an individual’s emotional resources. People who experience emotional exhaustion often experience feelings of tension, of feeling drained, of being unable to unwind and recover, and dread going to work each day.
Depersonalisation is defined as excessive negative feelings, negative attitudes, and detachment from clients/customers. People who experience depersonalisation often attempt to put distance between themselves and their clients/customers and ignore the personal qualities of their clients/customers by considering them to be mere objects of their work.
The final dimension of burnout is reduced personal accomplishment, which refers to feelings of inadequate personal achievement and diminished self-esteem. People who experience reduced personal accomplishment tend to evaluate themselves negatively with regard to their work.
Research suggests that a mismatch between an individual and their work environment results in an increased likelihood of experiencing burnout. Below are primary factors within a work environment which can lead to burnout.
What Can I Do?
If you are experiencing any signs of burnout here are some simple strategies to establish a good work-life balance and reduce the impacts of burnout now and into the foreseeable future.
This blog has attempted to provide an understanding of burnout and suggested some simple strategies to establish a good work-life balance and reduce the impacts of burnout now and into the foreseeable future. If you are still experiencing symptoms of burnout, then you may wish to consult with a psychologist. To consult with a CBT Professionals psychologist, please download our referral form here and take it with you to your GP appointment. We hope to be of assistance soon!
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