Burnout occurs when resilience doesn’t function anymore.
Burnout is not a new thing, even though in late May 2019 the World Health Organisation (WHO) listed ‘burnout’ to be an occupational phenomenon coming from job stress that undermines how well people perform at work.
Professor Gordon Parker and Gabriella Tavella of the Black Dog Institute explain…
“Burnout is usually seen as a consequence of a chronic stressful work environment, emerging as a workplace concern in the 1970s when American researchers found many human services workers were not coping with their jobs and felt ‘burnt out’ “.
“The risk of burnout for those in caring roles is not a new phenomenon. Records from Christian monks of the 4th Century outline what they call ‘acedia’ (a Greek word which translates as ‘non-caring’), a state probably akin to burnout. After decades of caring for others, the monks were said to have doubted whether they were doing anything useful and judged each day as grey”.
- memory loss,
- lack of interest,
- less inspired by work,
- breakdown in relationships,
- adrenal fatigue,
- severely compromised immune system,
- compassion fatigue,
- lack of feeling or positivity,
- cognitive deterioration – concentration where you can’t read, only scan,
- Breakdown: crying, unable to process even simple tasks.
Being everywhere and nowhere all at once.
“Can’t quit – too many people relying on me”, is common internal dialogue that is constantly going on in the head of people who are approaching the edge of the burnout cliff.
If you identify items in the list above, you maybe at high risk of Burnout and need immediate intervention!
People ask, “can I turn my current state of approaching burnout around?” The answer is YES!
A great way to start…
You can tick off ones you’ve tried and circle ones you’d like to work towards, but with one complete list of ideas, you won’t forget them.
Put them somewhere so they stay front of mind, simply looking at them will help your mind focus forward to a calmer, resilient you.