Professional Exhaustion and Burn Out
Professional burnout can happen to anyone, whether you are a highly paid business executive or a stay at home mother. Like a disease, it may begin on a small scale, first attacking your personal morale, then over time it spreads, takes over, and destroys both your career and your personal life.
Professional exhaustion occurs at the climax of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion brought on by stress, typically from a job. However, anyone who feels overworked and undervalued is at risk for burnout.
Burnout is not caused solely by stressful work or too many responsibilities. Other factors also contribute to burnout, including your lifestyle and certain personality traits. What you do in your downtime and how you look at the world can play a significant role in causing burnout.
STRESS vs. BURNOUT
Causes of burnout
Work-related causes of burnout
- Feeling like you have little or no control over your work.
- Lack of recognition or rewards for good work.
- Unclear or overly demanding job expectations.
- Doing work that’s monotonous or unchallenging.
- Working in a chaotic or high-pressure environment.
Lifestyle causes of burnout
- Working too much, without enough time for relaxing and socializing.
- Being expected to be too many things to too many people.
- Taking on too many responsibilities, without enough help from others.
- Not getting enough sleep.
- Lack of close, supportive relationships.
Personality traits can contribute to burnout
- Perfectionistic tendencies; nothing is ever good enough.
- Pessimistic view of yourself and the world.
- The need to be in control; reluctance to delegate to others.
- High-achieving, ‘Type A’ personality.
Warning signs and symptoms of burnout
Physical signs and symptoms of burnout
Emotional signs and symptoms of burnout
Behavioral signs and symptoms of burnout