How Burnout Affects Mental Health
Burnout is more than work-related stress, it can make us feel helpless, detached,
unmotivated, and unsatisfied. The constant demands of work take a toll, leaving us overwhelmed and emotionally drained. Burning out is a serious phenomenon that affects our mental and physical health. Suffice it to say that one's level of burnout will have a direct impact on their quality of life. Because of this, it is important to understand how to prevent and overcome burnout.
While burnout leads to a general sense of exhaustion and excessive fatigue, many also experience mental health issues in addition to their physical ailments. Sufferers from burnout may display signs of anxiety, depression, or other mental disorders. And you’re probably not alone in feeling stressed at work, according to the APA’S 2021 Work and Well-being survey, 71% of workers reported work-related stress within the past month.
According to Hadley, C. (2022), there are three signs of burnout.
Here are a few ways to cope with burnout:
Taking time to prioritize self-care, reducing stressors, and finding meaningful connections are the best ways to combat the negative psychological effects of burnout. At times, burnout can feel unsurmountable. By better understanding the symptoms and causes of burnout, you can implement these strategies to prevent feeling overwhelmed. While our experiences may be exhausting during the process, they can serve as a learning experience to help you lead sustainable career and a happier life.
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Author - Ariana Hernandez
Ariana is a student counselor under the supervision of Aimee Rhodes, LPC-S. Ariana enjoys working wth individuals in person and via telehealth. She is a student at Sul Ross State University. We are glad to have her on our team.
Elizabeth Oldham is an LPC-S and co-founder of Transform & Renew, PLLC. She specializes in co-dependency, anxiety and OCD, depression and mood disorders.