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Burnout at Workplace

Do you feel tired most of the days? Have you had difficulty concentrating at work? Are you feeling exhausted both emotionally and physically? These are some symptoms of phenomena called burnout.

There is this feeling where you don’t know what to do next, even if you want to do things you are not motivated enough to get up and move. You just want to sleep on that feeling but you aren't able to sleep as you have a thousand things on your mind.

According to WHO, Burnout is defined as an “Occupational phenomenon”. They have explained this phenomena as a syndrome that is the result of chronic workplace stress which has not been managed properly. Even if burnout is a bit of a buzzword, we tend to ignore that stress and burnout are two different things even if they are related. Whereas stress is something we feel until we have a problem unsolved,burnout on the other hand is a cycle of negative emotions we feel that can lead to helplessness.

To spot if you are experiencing burnout these are some common symptoms you can look for.

  • You experience a lack of energy both physically and emotionally, you are not motivated or interested in your job anymore.

  • You have become cynical, you have stopped maintaining interpersonal relationships at the workplace.

  • You have poor performance, your work efficiency has decreased due to your disinterest in your job.

These issues are important to deal with, as they are connected to your workplace and they can even affect the other aspects of your life if not paid attention to. Fortunately there are few things that can help you to overcome burnout.

First seek support, reach out to people who are close to you. Open up about what you are feeling and remember you are not burdening them as they are just someone who will listen to you without judgements. Change your attitude, start believing in yourself and your abilities. Stop evaluating your worth through every work you do, efforts are important but perfectionism can harm you. Adapt that famous phrase ‘ sometimes less is more’. Thinking before taking the next steps and deciding what you really want from your work can help you make confident decisions for the future.

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