Burnout: signs, symptoms & struggles

Burnout is a familiar theme that is very hard to recognize until you’re fully into the throes of it! Great article by my friend and colleague, Beth Gray. I look forward to reading and sharing Part In!

The Black Ant Blog

Finally, in 2019, burnout was acknowledged by the WHO (World Health Organization) as an “occupational phenomenon”. Great! So, now we know people (especially women) are burning out.

As if we didn’t already know this.

But, the good news of this categorisation by the WHO, is that burnout is now normalised and recognised – rather than being stigmatised. It is no longer about “you’re just weak and lazy”. It is finally okay for people to acknowledge that their lifestyles are leading to burnout.

The important things is – though – it’s not about “long hours” or “a busy schedule”. Typically, what leads to burnout is much more insidious, creeping up on people through a state of chronic (even low grade) stress. The types of situations that are leading to burnout typically relate to situations and lifestyles with:

  • feelings of lack of control
  • no support
  • low autonomy or authority or decision-making power.

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