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Bouncing Back from Burnout

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Things are getting back to normal and you should feel great, but you don't. You're exhausted - physically, mentally, and emotionally. What's going on?

You could be experiencing burnout. You're not alone. A recent survey from Indeed, 52% of people responding said they are experiencing burnout in 2021. That’s more than half!

In preparing for my upcoming presentations on Bounching Back from Burnout, I've been talking with a lot of frontline workers about their reports of burnout. Last year, at the peak of the pandemic, they were experiencing burnout when they were working longer and harder in stressful situations without adequate opportunity to recover. But, some are still feeling burnout because with the continuing pandemic, there's still not getting adequate recovery.

And with non-medical workers, those working remotely reported feeling more burnout than those working onsite. I expected the opposite, didn't you? But, it's understandable when there's no clear division between work and home. Especially with working parents who were trying to keep their job – and homeschooling their children as well.  

What is Burnout?

Burn-out is not classified as a medical condition. It's included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an "occupational phenomenon".

We often hear burnout described as feeling physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted. But, it's more than than. Here's a more detailed definition of burnout: 

The last aspect, increased mental distancing or detachment from the job can lead to feelings of negativism or cynicism. And, this "pulling away" can also prevent people from getting the needed support from friends and family.

Are You Experiencing Burnout?

Find out now by using the Burnout Assessment Tool. This quick 5-minute assessment, developed by Wilmar Schaufeli, Hans De Witte, and Steffie Desart, shows adequate reliability and validity with other burnout measures—including the MBI and OLBI.

Need Help?

Burnout can creep into your life. And, while taking time off from work might help, sometimes the most important things we can do to help are those solutions that can fit right into a typical work day.
In episode #53 of the Energize Your Life podcast (link above), I talk about the importance of getting back to some healthier ways to eat, sleep, and move. Each of these healthy habits will help you to build resisilience for future stressors. 
After listening to that podcost, listen to the next one, too. In episode #54 (link below) Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE and author of Burnout to Breakthrough - Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge and Reclaim What Matters, continues this conversation on burnout. She'll share how to do an energy audit and how to discover more joy in your life.  

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