Burnout is a stress phenomenon triggered by prolonged pressures of work and everyday life that exceed the individual’s ability to cope. The high expectations that surround us in every area of our lives often make us feel overloaded, useless, underappreciated. If these feelings are taking over your life, then you may be heading into professional burnout.
Professional burnout results in physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion; cynicism; work-related self-doubt; and inefficiency – and because a whopping four out of five workers experience professional burnout at some point in their career, it is an issue that has effects on both employees and their employers.
Those with professional burnout often lose motivation and become avoidant of duties at work, making it difficult to advance their career or keep their personal relationships intact. Although professional burnout is most visible in work-related environments, it can also be caused and exacerbated by lifestyle and personality traits.
So what does it feel like to have professional burnout? Most people feel tired, unmotivated, and uninspired in both their personal and professional lives every once in awhile, but if you feel like this most of the time, then you may want to take a step back and look for ways to heal both physically and emotionally. A common misconception is that professional burnout is a solely work-related problem. It actually begins in your personal life and can be triggered in your professional life. Think about it like this: If you feel irritated, useless, and physically exhausted Monday through Friday, how can you truly enjoy the weekend? Like any kind of stress that affects your mind and body, professional burnout almost inevitably trickles into all areas of your life
Professional burnout can be an enormous roadblock to your happiness and wellbeing, so it’s important to recognize the symptoms and effects that it may have on your life, and take the necessary steps to release and eliminate it altogether.