What is Burnout?
“an extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance.” “In those situations, the demands being placed on you exceed the resources you have available to deal with the stressors.”-David Ballard.
Certain amounts of stress can be positive resulting in peak performance. However, eventually more stress does not result in more productivity. There is a point where excess stress results in a decrease in productive resulting in fatigue, discouragement and Burnout.
Symptoms of Burnout
- Withdrawing from others
- Cynicism about self, others, work
- Lowered frustration tolerance
- Interpersonal Problems
- difficulty concentrating
- forgetfulness (long term and short term memories)
- Health; blood pressure, tight muscles,
- Exhaustion, Loss of energy
- Getting sick more often and easier
- Withdrawing from responsibilities
- Lack of Motivation
- Feeling of failure vocationally
- Reduced sense of satisfaction or reward for hard work
- Sense of helplessness
- Belief you are no longer effective
- Generally Decreased Satisfaction
- Falling behind with an inability to catch back up, resulting in being more behind
- Sense of Shame (feeling of failure)
- Feeling helpless, trapped and defeated