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What is Burnout?

Do you frequently feel tired and drowsy? Are you lacking the motivation to complete most chores? Does this results in tension, irritability, or anger? Then you may be experiencing burnout.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognized "burnout" as an "occupational phenomenon." The human work-life balance has been significantly impacted by today's lifestyles.

The current expense of living and level of living, frequently cause us to become confused about the boundaries between our personal and professional lives. Many of us are putting in longer hours in our jobs to accommodate the lifestyle of today. Our social settings and methods of communicating with one another have changed.

The pandemic has only made burnout an even greater issue. The mental wellness of numerous individuals have suffered, as has the academic achievement of many students, and the majority of people are still adjusting to life outside of lockdown. Many of us still struggle to get to class on time or to work five days a week because we had grown very accustomed to our homes. According to a WHO survey carried out in March 2021, 85% of UK adults correctly identified burnout symptoms, while 68% mistook them for anxiety symptoms when asked to name them.

Signs of Burnout

Burnout can be identified as an emotional and physical state of fatigue.


One of the main signs of burnout is fatigue. The common symptoms of fatigue consist of feeling exhausted or depleted all the time. You may struggle to finish even the smallest tasks.

A lack of interest and dissatisfaction in your work:

There are some days, you do not want to get out of bed and go to work. These emotions may evolve into an issue as they persist. You can feel unmotivated or uninterested in your task. You start doubting your ability to perform what you are capable of doing and whether the work you are doing is actually worthwhile and making a difference. This affects workers regardless of how long they have been in that profession.

Pressure Headaches:

Significant, ongoing headaches and migraines frequently result in burnout.

Variations to one's diet and sleep schedule:

The first indicators to check for in someone who feels like they are going through burnout are whether their eating or sleeping patterns have changed. Humans are products of routine, and when our routines alter, it is frequently an indication that something is wrong. Because of stress related to work or school, a person may forget to eat or sleep, disrupting their regular routines.

What Contributes to Burnout and how to deal with it

The first phase towards recovering from burnout is acknowledging that you have burnout. The following phase is creating a strategy to recover from burnout.

  • Do not ignore your mental wellness

Speaking with a therapist, close friends, or family members is a helpful initial phase in overcoming burnout. Spend time with individuals who will encourage you, listen to you, and want to see you excel. Focus on creating a setting where you feel secure and inspired to be your best self.

  • Schedule breaks and time for personal check-ins

Establish pauses between your personal and professional lives. Find

a hobby and spend time engaging in it to help you escape from your daily obligations at home and at work. Some examples of such activities include baking, cooking, taking dance classes, and attending social events.

  • Physical Wellbeing

Exercise is a beneficial strategy to regain the energy lost from burnout and put it to good use. Create a daily schedule that enables you to stop working for the day at a specific time, pause, and take a break. Refrain from drinking alcohol and smoking for a period of time to get your body and mind back in shape. Prioritize drinking at least 3 liters of water a day. Our bodies require time to recharge. Setting up an agenda will let you adjust your eating and sleeping schedules.

  • Financial Issues

Money and mental well-being are strongly connected. Making a budget will enable you to effortlessly track your income and outgoing expenses if you are worried about money. Consult with a free debt expert. if you are unable to pay your bills. You can be eligible for welfare benefits if you're unemployed, have a low income, are unable to work due to illness or disability, or all four.


Cleveland Clinic (2022). Burnout: 5 Signs and What to Do About It. [online] Cleveland Clinic. Available at:

Mental Health UK. (n.d.). Burnout. [online] Available at:

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