What is Burnout?
- a condition that evolves slowly over a period of prolonged stress
- wearing down and wearing out of energy
- exhaustion born of excessive demands which may be self-imposed or externally imposed by families, jobs, friends, value systems or society which depletes one's energy, coping mechanism and internal resources.
- a feelings state which is accompanied by an overload of stress and which eventually impacts one's motivation, attitudes and behaviors.
Occurs in stages:
- Intense compulsion to prove (strive for control)
- Willingness to deprive self, avoid conflict and needs and sacrifice one's values
- Denial, disengagement, observable behavior changes
- Depersonalization, emptiness, depression
- Total burnout and exhaustion
Often accompanied by:
- denial - estrangement from own feelings
- stress, anger, hostility, neglected needs
- guilt and low self-esteem
People in this society are at risk when they are:
- nurturing - anticipate the needs of others
- alone - need someone to fill us up
- a perfectionist and workaholic
- struggling with their own power, autonomy and identity
Can be alleviated by:
- Making correct lifestyle choices including diet, exercise and relaxation methods and reducing harmful habits and addictions
- Developing and maintaining a social support system.
- Becoming absorbed in meaningful tasks.
- Learning to cope with stress
Developed by: Jennie C. Trotter - Wholistic Stress Control Institute