Burnout at work: a syndrome of our era

In a society where overstimulation and high productivity demands are a daily occurrence, burnout at work or “Burnout Syndrome” is not uncommon. This syndrome is characterized by a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion that can lead to depression and anxiety due to work stress. Although it is a common syndrome, it is not good to let it go.

Work burnout usually has its origin in an excessive workload, low confidence in the work environment, poor relationships within the work environment, lack of coaching to perform certain tasks and projects, to mention some of the most common causes. Burnout, a consequence of chronic stress, is a disease that, although it occurs in the professional sphere, ends up affecting the family and personal spheres.

It is essential to distinguish progressive symptoms in order to obtain specialized assistance. Some of the symptoms are the following:

  • Irritability and impatience
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mental blocks
  • Muscular and gastrointestinal pains
  • Headaches
  • Weight loss
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Emotional outbursts such as anger
  • Loss of interest in socializing
  • Decrease in work capacity and quality of work
  • Poor communication

How to prevent Burnout Syndrome?

  • Set limits: do not exceed working hours to the point of feeling extreme fatigue, remember that your mind and body need to rest.
  • Take care of your health and money: manage your time to eat and exercise well. At the same time, control your spending budget. That way, you balance your personal and work life.
  • Disconnect: After finishing your workday, turn off the computer and cell phone, do not stay checking messages and pending work. You must give yourself space to clear your mind from that sphere.
  • Analyze if you are in the right job: Make sure you are in the right place, that you are in a job where you feel respected and have the opportunity to grow. If not, look for a new place.
  • Take active breaks: These should be done once or twice during the day, you can consult some practices or tools that allow you to do them in your work environment.