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What is Burnout?

Author: Shawne' Poplar, Owner of U Optimized Success Coaching LLC



Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress and overwork. It can occur in any occupation, but is common in high-stress and high-demand environments, such as healthcare, teaching, and social work.


Some common symptoms of burnout include:

Exhaustion: Burnout is characterized by feelings of physical and emotional exhaustion. You may feel drained and have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning.

Decreased productivity: Burnout can lead to decreased productivity and difficulty concentrating. You may find it harder to complete tasks and make decisions.

Loss of motivation: Burnout can lead to a lack of motivation and a feeling of being unfulfilled in your work or personal life.

Negative attitudes: Burnout can lead to negative attitudes towards work and others. You may feel cynical or detached from your job or relationships.

Decreased satisfaction: Burnout can lead to decreased satisfaction in your work and personal life. You may feel a lack of accomplishment or feel like your efforts are not being recognized.

Physical symptoms: Burnout can also cause physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomach issues, and difficulty sleeping.

How to get help

If you're experiencing these symptoms, it's important to seek help. Burnout is a serious condition that can have negative impacts on your physical and mental health. Working with a mental health professional, such as a therapist or counselor, can help you to identify the causes of your burnout and develop strategies to manage it. It's also important to take care of yourself by getting enough rest, engaging in self-care activities, and seeking support from friends and loved ones.

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