TAP In with Tristan : How to Recognize Burnout

Tristan Layfield talks about burnout, what it is, and how to recognize it. The World Health Organization emphasizes that burnout is specifically work-related and characterized by 3 main things – listen to the whole episode to find out what they are!

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. This week let’s talk about burnout, what it is, and how to recognize it. Before we can recognize burnout, we have to understand what it is. In May of 2019, the World Health Organization announced the 11th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, also known as the ICD-11. This revision included an updated and more detailed entry on burnout. While it was previously only classified as a “state of vital exhaustion,” it’s now classified as a “syndrome conceptualized as a result from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” The World Health Organization emphasizes that burnout is specifically work-related and characterized by 3 main things: 1. A sense of exhaustion or depletion. 2. Mental distance from or negativity or cynicism about work. 3. Decreased effectiveness at work. Now that we know what burnout is let’s talk about the signs of burnout. First, you don’t get excited about work anymore. If you feel like you are no longer interested in the work you’re doing, even the things that used to make you feel fulfilled, you may be experiencing burnout. This sometimes may even be depression, and if you think that is the case, I suggest that you speak with a mental health professional. The second sign is that you’re no longer putting in the effort. When you lose that excitement and enthusiasm, you might get negative or even apathetic. Then you begin doing just the minimum to get by rather than your normal amount of effort in the workplace. The third sign is that your performance begins to suffer. I don’t think this is a surprise to anyone, but since you are less interested in your work and begin to do the bare minimum, your performance begins to decline. The fourth sign is that you feel exhausted or depleted. Often you’ll feel mentally, physically, and emotionally drained. It may be challenging to get out of bed and get to work. The fifth sign is that your burnout manifests physically into ailments and bodily issues. This looks different for everyone, but some of the most common ones include insomnia, chest pain, headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting, stomach issues, or you could just be getting sick more often. Generally, burnout can be difficult for most of us to recognize, but it’s necessary that we recognize the signs because it isn’t something that will just go away. Next time we’ll talk about what to do if you think you’re burnt out. Thanks for tapping in with me this week. This tip was brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @LayfieldResume or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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