Burnout or burned-out worket syndrome

Have you ever heard of Burnout or burned-out worker syndrome? It is more common than it seems, so it is likely that if you continue reading this article you can identify with it or know someone who is in this situation.

You have probably found yourself at some point in your life dissatisfied with your job for some reason or you have met someone who feels or has felt this way. This is precisely the topic that concerns us today, the work environment sometimes subjects us to psychologically very intense work processes, due to different reasons, such as: shift work, high work demand, work by objectives, conflicts in relationships with colleagues and / or superiors, low recognition and professional devaluation, etc.. In this sense, some studies have shown that these stress factors trigger psychological problems in many workers, being the main cause of absenteeism and work incapacity

Stress interferes with the relationship of pleasure and satisfaction we have with work and with our quality of life. Therefore, high levels of stress and low quality of life can constitute risk factors for the so-called burnout syndrome.  

Burnout syndrome is characterized by a set of symptoms that manifest the exhaustion of the worker, characterized by a lack of physical and mental energy (emotional exhaustion), loss of interest in work (depersonalization) and feelings of self-devaluation (reduced professional fulfillment). In addition, among the most characteristic symptoms, we can find: 

  • Procrastination (tendency to put off until later what you can do now).
  • Chronic Fatigue.
  • Pessimism.
  • Slowing down.
  • Hopelessness (feeling that is characterized by not finding a solution to problems or having low expectations for the future).
  • Job dissatisfaction.
  • Irritability.
  • Isolation. 
  • Internal emptiness.
  • Increased tendency to get sick.

This syndrome can have dire consequences for those who suffer from it, such as absenteeism at work, the so-called presenteeism (only showing up at work without working), job dissatisfaction, early retirement, in addition to all the psychological consequences detailed above. 

That is why we at PsiqAT consider it vitally important that you know the consequences of this syndrome, as well as a series of tips that can help you prevent or mitigate it.

Guidelines for dealing with Burnout

  1. Sleep at least 8 hours a day.
  2. Have periods of disconnection at work.
  3. Drink at least 2 liters of water a day and eat a balanced diet.
  4. Learn to set limits with yourself and others.
  5. Learn to say NO when you need to.
  6. Differentiate between work and free time. Don’t take your work home with you!
  7. Spend time doing things you enjoy and that make you happy.
  8. Try to understand your internal clock (the moments in which you are more or less productive in order to get more out of them). 
  9. Take short breaks during the workday to avoid fatigue.

From PsiqAT we understand that sometimes it is not easy to carry out all the above guidelines, so if you feel that the situation is beyond you and you need professional help, we will be happy to help you. Through Therapeutic Accompaniment we will work with you directly in your environment, exposing ourselves together to those situations that generate stress and discomfort. Finding those tools that help you feel better about yourself and your work. 

Do not hesitate! Contact us