Burn-out or Build Up? What Say You?
Despite what the World Health Organization says, I agree with Ken Coleman! There is no such thing as Burnout! The feeling of dread stems from living a purposeless life, a life for someone else, or showing up to an unfulfilling job day in and day out. The only valid prescription is taking action and gaining control of oyur future!
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For the first time, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised burn-out as a medical condition. The body has introduced burn-out to its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a guide which is used worldwide to help diagnose illness.
The annual World Health Assembly concluded in Geneva yesterday. In its meeting, WHO defined burn-out as ‘a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.’ This puts an end to years of debate as to whether burn-out should qualify as a medical condition.
But what exactly is burn-out and how can you prevent it? Dr Vanessa Moulton, chartered psychologist at Mindflex, explains:
What is burn-out?
Suffering from excessive stress thanks to a high pressure job or emotional upheaval? Sounds like you might have burn-out.
‘Burn-out is a psychological, emotional and physical state that we can find ourselves in when we have been exposed to chronic long term stress,’ explains Dr Moulton. ‘Exposure to ongoing stressors and our interpretations of them can result in sheer exhaustion and an inability to continue as we have been.’
What are the symptoms of burn-out?
According to Dr Moulton, we can recognise burnout in ourselves or others through physical, psychological, emotional and behavioural symptoms. These include:
🔹 Physical: insomnia, fatigue, heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, reduced appetite, and weakened immune system.
🔹 Psychological: self criticism, pessimism, feelings of unworthiness, and loss of concentration.
🔹Behavioural: isolation, detachment, obsessive compulsive behaviours and feeling out of control.
🔹 Emotional: low mood, anxiety, and anger.
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