Increasingly lately, more people find themselves suffering with the symptoms of ‘burnout’.
Burnout is experienced as physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion which tends to be caused by long-term involvement in situations that are emotionally demanding.
Burnout is not a simple result of working long hours, it can happen if you feel you’re working towards personal or career goals which no longer resonate with you and now feel meaningless, if aspects of your life feel out of your control or if you need support but are unable to access any.
People who experience burnout are often very able, professional, entrepreneurial people who are ambitious and used to achieving personal goals. Undeniably there are several workplace stressors which can lead down the burnout path but for the majority of my clients it is their high achieving internal drivers and ambitions coupled with societal and technological stressors that contribute to their burnout.
There are three components to burnout:
- Physical and emotional exhaustion
- Signs of cynicism and personal detachment
- Lack of personal accomplishment and signs of ineffectiveness
Dr Julie Hannan specialises in working with clients who are experiencing burnout. She says ‘Burnout isn’t like the flu; it doesn’t go away after a few weeks unless you make some changes in your life- and as hard as that may seem, it’s the smartest thing to do because making a few changes now will keep you in the race with the energy to get you across the finish line.’