Occupational Burnout Week 1
We all know what burnout is when we feel it. Maybe you’re exhausted, irritable, living on caffeine, resentful of coworkers or your company. Or maybe you dread going to work so much that you call in sick or suffer from chronic headaches or muscle pains. You feel like you can’t keep up and you sometimes, if you are really honest with yourself, your work feels pointless or unappreciated.
It is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an occupational phenomenon in the ICD-11. So, while not a medical diagnosis, it can lead to physical and mental health diagnoses. And the tricky part is that it is so insidious that by the time you are aware of it, you may be at an advanced stage.
Over the next few weeks we will talk about the Stages of Burnout but first, let’s talk about how to know if you have it. While the WHO currently only recognizes workplace burnout, I think the term workplace includes being a student, a parent, a caregiver, etc. While we don’t call them “work” they share many of the same features! According to Merriam-Webster, a ‘Job” is a specific duty, role, or function, or a task that has to be done.” Here’s a sneak peek of Occupational Burnout Week 2….burnout also involves a breach of your values! It’s not just physical exhaustion!
Three dimensions of burnout:
- Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
- Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
- Reduced professional efficacy
Next week, Occupational Burnout Week 2: Stages
If you or someone you know is suffering from Occupational Burnout, I can help. Book a free 15-min consultation to discuss if a therapist or coach is right for you!