What is burnout?
Burnout is fatigue, cynicism, and professional inefficacy that comes with work-related stress. Research from a 2014 study suggests at least three different subtypes of burnout. Each type relates to different coping strategies being used to balance stress:
- Overload – you work towards success till exhaustion. You cope by emotional venting or complaining.
- Boredom – you lack personal development. You cope by avoiding or distancing yourself from work.
- Worn-out – you want to achieve a goal but lack sufficient motivation. You cope by giving up in the face of stress.
How can I tell if I have burnout?
“I’m getting very frustrated and I feel angry all the time. I feel I need a career switch. Who do I see and how do they help?”
“I’ve noticed a change in my behaviour that I can’t explain. Also, I seem to be doing this more often. Why is this happening?”