As adults we tend to juggle many responsibilities, and sometimes it feels like there is a lot happening all the time. The sad part of this is that many of these things are necessary responsibilities that cannot be avoided. They may include family, school, financial or even health care responsibilities. Then on top of it all, we have our jobs or careers which is a key component in taking care of the other responsibilities. So it cannot be avoided either.
Our jobs usually take up a lot of our time and energy, and we constantly feed into it, either because of a love for it, or due to the financial security it brings. The average employed adult works for about 8 hours per day. These hours do not even account for overtime hours or those extra work from home hours that we have been putting in since the pandemic, sometimes without even noticing it. Continuing non-stop in this way can cause burnout. According to CAMH, burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. Burnout in the course of employment can make one feel emotionally drained and unable to function in the context of work and other aspects of life. This therefore affects all facets of our lives not only our jobs, so it is a condition that should not be ignored. Burnout is a slow process. It doesn’t happen overnight. But it can still take you by surprise because it's insidious nature. There are however some signs that you can look out for. These signs are usually subtle at first but get worse and more prevalent over time if not addressed.
Stress and burnout go hand in hand and can be caused from overworking and exhaustion, but there are some key differences. According to CAMH stress and burnout though they may be related, there are differences in how they manifest. Generally, someone who is stressed tends to be over-reactive and hyperactive, whereas burnout presents more as disengagement and produces a sense of helplessness and hopelessness, with loss of motivation and hope. It can also lead to depression and detachment. Living with chronic stress can lead to burnout, which is a combination of physical fatigue, emotional exhaustion and a decreased sense of efficacy or accomplishment. Burnout also happens when we have unhealthy or ineffective coping mechanisms. For instance, drinking too much after an extra long day, not exercising because you feel too tired. Even drinking too much coffee because you are trying to combat the tiredness. I know we love our caffeine but too much of anything is never ideal. Moderation in all things is key.
Burnout is now considered a legitimate medical diagnosis, according to the International Classification of Diseases, or the ICD-11, the World Health Organization’s handbook that guides medical providers in diagnosing diseases. It also happens more commonly than many of us realize. Recently with so many of us working from home, burnout has been increasing. Working from home gives you a sense of comfort that makes you believe that you can always do more because you are home. But that only makes you 'carry work home with you' and insert it in time slots that was once unconsciously allotted to relaxing at home and spending time with the family. This prevents you from ever really logging off from work, so you are constantly in work mode, and this can lead to mental exhaustion. Find out more about the signs of mental exhaustion here.
HelpGuide states that burnout can also cause long-term changes to your body that makes you vulnerable to illnesses like colds and flu. Due to its many possible symptoms and consequences it is important to address burnout right away. Thankfully, burnout can be prevented. It is important to pay attention to our bodies and our mental state, and this can help us to prevent a breakdown, mental or physical. Here are a few ways on how to prevent burnout. Originally published in The Comfort Zine
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