Remember the days of landlines, no internet at home (no email), no cell phones and simple technology? You know, the days when one left the office – and anything related to work – at 5pm? Those were the good old days. Enter 2020, the continuing era in which many employers expect their employees to be available 24/7. You can thank the world of ever evolving technology, which provides non-stop access to work – both from the employee and employer. This has led to increased stress, as we have trained our brains to be ready for work every waking minute. 

What Is Burnout?

While burnout can be caused by anything in one’s life, it is typically spoken about in relation to the workplace. The  World Health Organization (WHO) defines burnout as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:

  • Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
  • Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job
  • Reduced professional efficacy

Burnout appears in the International Classification of Diseases handbook’s section on problems associated with employment or unemployment. It describes burnout as “A syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

3 Top Signs and Symptoms to Watch Out For

  • Feeling depleted, exhausted, or simply drained all the time
  • Feeling negativism or cynicism towards one’s job
  • Reduced professional

 Ways To Leave “The Burnout Club” For Good

  1. Change your mindset and maintain positive energy, thoughts. 
  2. Practice self care and set clear boundaries with those around you.
  3. Give CBD oil a try. Studies show CBD oil has many benefits, including reducing anxiety and aiding in getting a good night’s sleep. A study published in 2016 found CBD oil may be effective in treating PTSD.
  4. Do whole body cryotherapy regularly. Studies are finding WBC may aid in treating symptoms of depression and anxiety, especially when used as an adjunct treatment.
  5. Infrared saunas also can help detox your body and improve your overall health.

At the end of the day, burnout doesn’t discriminate. It can hit the overworked and undervalued high-achieving executive, the caregiver who works around the clock and the everyday employee trying to get to the top.

In order to change this “full speed ahead or crash” dichotomy, more organizations are turning to wellness programs, corporate gym memberships, wellness spa memberships offering things such as cryotherapy, infrared saunas, meditation, and yoga.