What is it?

Burn out is an increasingly common struggle for many and occurs due to an overwhelming amount of work. It is an emotional, physical state that stems from mental exhaustion.It is a syndrome that is a result of workplace stress that hasn’t been successfully managed. (However it isn’t limited to the workplace, and it is a frequent phenomenon in studies).

What are the symptoms of burnout?

  • Feeling stressed and anxious about work or other related activities
  • Viewing work as highly stressful and frustrating that can result in agitation and negative comments about working life conditions or co-workers
  • Headaches
  • Feeling drained and tired everyday
  • Unable to cope with everyday situation that were not a problem before
  • Lacking creativity or motivation
  • Sense of failure and self-doubt

What are the emotional signs of burnout?

  • Lack of communication and support from a work manager or co-workers
  • Lack of clarity in work expectations and responsibilities
  • Unfair treatment or discrimination
  • Heavy workload and time pressure

Treatment – What can you do and how to get help?

This is the time to pause, reflect, change directions by learning how you can help yourself to recover and feel healthy and positive again.
You can communicate with human resources to let them know about your concerns or stressful working situation. With them, you can find a way to deal with workplace stress in order to alleviate the burn out.
Try to find something valuable to do at work. Find a meaning in your everyday tasks by focusing on things you enjoy.
Make friends at work. Having people around you to joke and chat can help to relieve the stress the workplace creates.
Regular breaks, exercise, healthy eating, can help combat burn out.
It is important that you also take time off the things that make you stressed and anxious.

If you, or your loved one experience the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can guide you to the right support and services.


What to say to a person with burnout:

‘’How can I help you? I am here for you.’’    

‘’How do you feel about taking a break?

“Have a whole day to yourself? I can help you with that.’’                                                                                                                                                                  ‘’


What not to say to a person with burnout:

‘’Everybody feels tired.’’     

‘’It’s just life, get over it.’’


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