We all dread it and we all try to avoid it – Burnout.
Burnout can happen when we feel overwhelmed, unappreciated, and unmotivated.
According to Health Guide, “Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress, which can occur when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands.” Contrary to belief, burnout isn’t something that can happen overnight, but gradually builds up into tension. Personally, burnout starts with extreme exhaustion, brain fog, forgetfulness, and then manifests into physical illnesses like a cold or the flu. Every person experiences burnout in a different way and it is important that we notice early symptoms of burnout to avoid further consequences to your physical and mental health. Other signs of burnout consist of (but are not limited to) are exhaustion, unproductivity, trouble sleeping, symptoms of depression, “drowning,” fatigue, irritability, and isolation.
According to one of Breakthrough’s staff psychotherapists, Marissa Mangione, MS., MHC-LP, “everyone experiences burnout in all areas of life and it’s valid to feel burnt-out. When I feel burnout, I like to reach out to friends or change my environment and I like to treat myself!”
There are many causes of burnout, which include feeling burnout from a job, from a lifestyle, or from a personality trait:
Personality traits that can contribute to burnout:
Job-related causes of burnout:
Lifestyle causes of burnout:
Some Ways to Tackle Burnout
Rebecca has a background in creative writing and a Masters of Science in Publishing from Pace University. She recently worked as an Assistant Editorial Manager for a children's book publishing company and is currently an intern at Breakthrough Mental Health Counseling.