According to WHO “Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.”
Burnout occurs when the work demanded is more than the time & resources available to proceed. Today burnout is suffered globally not only among entrepreneurs and staff but also authors, sportspeople and YouTubers.
“There’s a difference between a busy workload and something more serious” , writes Zaria Gorvett.
Where does the line divide between normal stress and a larger problem?
According to WHO burnout has three elements “ feelings of exhaustion, mental detachment from one’s job and poorer performance at work”
5 common symptoms that you’re getting close to burnout
You always feel tired of work - The early job enthusiasm you had does not exist anymore. The projects that sparked interest don’t attract and motivate you anymore. The tiredness just doesn’t go away leaving you drained of all your energy. In the worst-case scenario you may feel very negative about yourself and your life in general. At this point you know you need a change.
You are getting drawn out to and engaging in bad habits more frequently - To get you through the day you realize you have been relying on alcohol, high intake of sugar or any unhealthy form of escape.
You are going through physical disorders that you commonly don’t get, such as Insomnia, headaches, gastrointestinal pains along with emotional changes
You feel your work has very little value and you cannot perform your normal range of capabilities as you’re in a state of physical and emotional exhaustion.
You feel emotionally distant, avoid social commitments and become irritable when working with co-workers and clients.
If you feel you can relate to most of the above it is clear that you are close to burning out. These symptoms may be similar to depression, so it is recommended that you get help from a medical professional to identify between the two.
Taking some time off from work will not help you, as you will be returning to your same routine once you get back to work. You would just be picking up from you left off. It would be just like pausing a movie you’ve been watching continuously, only to start replaying from where you stopped after a couple of days or a week.
“According to a 2018 study, burnout stems from unfair treatment at work, an unmanageable workload or a lack of clarity about what a person's role should entail”