Over the past few years, the number of people researching burnout symptoms on Google has increased significantly. And with the state of the UK economy at the moment, it's easy to understand why.
As a well-being-oriented business, we felt the need to raise awareness of this issue. So, in this article, we will explore what exactly burnout symptoms are and try to find out how they can be addressed.
What Are Burnout Symptoms?
Since 2019, ‘Burnout’ has been officially recognised by the World Health Organisation as an occupational phenomenon.
This means that, despite its adverse effects on people's health, it's not technically classed as a medical condition.
The International Classification of Diseases defines burnout as:
“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:
- feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
- increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and
- reduced professional efficacy.
Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.”
How Common Is Burnout?
According to Mental Health UK, 1 in 5 people feel unable to manage stress and pressure levels at work. This amounts to over 13 million people here in the UK.
This is highly concerning, and the recent strikes in multiple industries across the country have highlighted that this is indeed a serious and urgent problem in our society.
How Can Burnout Be Managed?
As burnout is an occupational phenomenon, the ultimate responsibility of addressing it is with your employer.
Responsible employers should have appropriate occupational well-being plans in place to ensure that workers do not get overwhelmed, or worse - sick.
As if burnout carries on for long enough, it can eventually lead to physical and mental health issues.
So, if you are one of many people who are experiencing burnout symptoms at work, do not be afraid to share your feelings and thoughts with your employer. They should try their best to ensure that your health and well-being are not adversely affected by going to work.
If you have already raised this with your employer and they have not made any effort to help you. It might be time to reconsider your priorities. In our humble opinion - nothing is more important than your health and well-being.
Even if it means earning a little less while you find your feet, it will probably be the best decision in the long term.
How Can I Manage Burnout Personally?
While the ideal situation is to adopt a lifestyle that does not lead to burnout in the first place, it is unfortunately an ‘easier-said-than-done’ situation for many.
In this case, the best strategy could be to evaluate what we could do in our personal lives to ensure we are best equipped to face the challenges of the workplace.
We all know the basics - eating & sleeping well, being physically, and having healthy social relationships. But there are many other factors, that when addressed, could ultimately help to counter burnout in the workplace.
The below image of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs does a good job of highlighting some of the factors that may need to be addressed:
While it may not be possible to address all of these needs, it's best to try and address as many as possible.
Could CBD Products Help With Burnout?
Many people choose to include CBD oils and other cannabinoid products in their wellness routines. But whether it could help you specifically with burnout would depend on many factors.
There have been a few studies in relation to CBD and burnout, which you can research on your end. But ultimately as a food supplement company, we are not permitted nor qualified to recommend products for specific health issues.
If you feel that cannabinoid products could benefit your personal situation, you can use the ‘Shop Now’ button at the top of your screen to browse our range of high-quality products.
Thanks for reading! And we hope this article helps you on your way to a burnout-free lifestyle.