Burnout is the buzzword of 2019 but given the condition’s official recognition as an illness earlier this month (World Health Organisation), this gives weight to how seriously burnout should be treated. Google the term and you’re met with streams upon streams of advice on how to deal with it, cases of extreme burnout as well as warning signs to look out for. Ironically, this can lead to information overload and further stress for people through overwhelm.
The key things to know is the criteria listed for burnout diagnosis according to CNN:
1) Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
2) Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
3) Reduced professional efficacy
For further information, we’ve curated a list of some of our favourite burnout related resources to not only reduce burnout rates but also avoid information overload while looking out for your mental health and work life.
For the lowdown on official burnout diagnosis…
“The manual notes that before diagnosing someone with burnout, they should rule out other disorders with comparable symptoms, like adjustment disorder, anxiety or depression, and it’s easy to see why — the symptoms listed are likely familiar to anyone who’s experienced even passing depression. Hating (or even being very sick of) one’s job and feeling depressed can operate in a feedback loop, and early burnout researchers warned that the difficulties inherent to making that distinction might prevent the recognition of burnout as a disease.”
The physical signs to look out for…
“This may sound like an extreme example—working seven days a week in the service industry is bananas—but think about the ambitious women you know who never take a day off. The ones who work full-time but also have side hustles they’re nurturing after work and on the weekends, not to mention caring for children, parents, friends, and partners, but rarely themselves. Sounds familiar, right? These days, more than half of millennials have a side gig, and more than two-thirds of Americans feel burnt out at work. The cherry on top? Most of us aren’t using our allotted vacation days, so we’re not even taking the time we need to rest and recharge.”
For when you feel burnout creeping in…
“According to the WHO, burnout has three elements: feelings of exhaustion, mental detachment from one’s job and poorer performance at work. But waiting until you’re already fully burned out to do something about it doesn’t help at all –and you wouldn’t wait to treat any other illness until it was too late.”