People have been feeling it and talking about it for years. The constant grind. The longer hours. More demands. Less focus on humanity. More emphasis on productivity. Advancements in technology which do make things easier and faster than before also encroach into what was traditionally devoted and designated personal time and space. Companies and work demands are stretching people thinner than ever before. And now, World Health Organization considers burnout an “occupational phenomenon” and recognizes it as an actual medical condition.
WHO: “burnout” is an official medical diagnosis
What once was just a phrase describing how people felt “burnout” is now an official medical diagnosis. The World Health Organization describes burnout as a condition “resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”.
For anyone who is or has been part of the “rat race”, the words “burn out” may conjure instant negative emotions and situations. According to the official classification guidelines, symptoms of burnout include:
- 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.
Solutions to prevent burnout or treat burnout
The studies and reports are disturbing. According to Statista, 65% of those categorized as being at the start of a burnout situation often or very often felt run down and drained of physical or emotional energy. The Harvard Business Review published information from a Yale University study which found one in five employees is “highly engaged and at risk of burnout”. This group, referred to as the “exhausted-engaged group” reported high levels of interest, stress, and frustration—which illustrates employees can be engaged while experiencing burnout. A Gallup poll revealed about two-thirds of full-time workers experienced burnout on the job.
Burnout is an entirely preventable condition. What can you do if you’re feeling burnout? At Bliss Business, we provide a variety of tools to help people achieve their Visions, go for their dreams, and live a Bliss Life™. Our books, coaching, and workshops all promote ways for people to transform their lives. This new information on burnout is indeed disturbing. Our passion is to help people by providing the tools to “make a move now before you pay any more of a price!” (Four Year Career®, Chapter 11) and “creating your own destiny—we get to be the writer, star, producer, director. If we don’t like how the movie is going, we can change the script.” (page 95, Mach2 With Your Hair on Fire and Mach2 Vision Training)
Avoid burnout and start finding your way to Bliss
Choose now to live a healthier and happier life. Make a conscious choice today to improve and transform your life if you’re not where you want to be and especially if you’re feeling like you’re one of the people suffering from burnout.
Life is precious and it’s too short. Today is all we have. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow doesn’t exist. Start living your Bliss Life™ now. We’re here to help.
Yours in Partnership,
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