Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged excessive stress. It can happen in any profession, but is especially common among healthcare providers. The pressure of caring for other people involves expending a great deal of mental energy to ensure their well being and attend to their needs. That means that on top of worrying about maintaining their own health and happiness, they are also occupied by the livelihood of other people. Without proper self care, caregivers thus inevitably face burnout and the physical and emotional symptoms that accompany burnout’s chronic stress.
Some physical symptoms of burnout:
- Headaches, back, neck, and shoulder pains
- Teeth grinding and/or ear ringing
- Sleep dysfunction
- Weaker immune system more susceptible to common colds and stomach problems
Some emotional symptoms of burnout:
- Irritability and anger
- Nervousness and anxiety
- Lack of interest in things you once found enjoyable
- Problems with relationships in your personal life
If you experience any of these or feel drained in any way, then you may be burnt out.