Professional burnout is a real thing, and if you’re feeling a little “crispy” at work right now, you are not imagining it. According to a 2020 US study done by Mental Health America over 75% of professionals have experienced burnout at some point in their career, and 42% of professionals are currently experiencing signs of burnout, a number intensified by the pandemic.
Burnout is not a medical diagnosis, or a mindset; it is a call to action to take control of your mental health. You hear the term “burnout” a lot in conversations and it’s helpful to know what watch for so you can look after yourself.
Take a look at this list from the Mayo Clinic and check off which of these items you’re experiencing:
Checking off any of these items means something needs your attention TODAY.
Consider consulting with your family physician or another health care provider (therapist, psychologist, etc.) to ensure you are getting the care you deserve.
There are factors at work that contribute to professional burnout (also compliments of the Mayo Clinic). How many of these are present in your job today?
Each of these requires a different strategy to support your mental health and wellbeing; strategies to consider include:
You are accountable for your mental and physical heath, no one else can support you if you aren't paying attention to the signs.
The consequences of professional burnout can be as mild as fatigue and as life-impacting as chronic disease. Attending to your wellbeing when the signs of burnout are clear means you have more to give over your career, and along the way you get to live an uncompromised life on your terms. And that’s the dream.