What Causes Burnout?
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly one in five children or teenagers, and one in four adults will be affected by burnout at some point in their lives. Burnout has become so commonplace in Western society that WHO recently added “burnout” to its list of globally recognised diseases, defining it as a syndrome of chronic workplace stress.
We live in an interconnected digital world that supposedly makes us smarter, faster, and more effective. However, greater digitisation also creates isolation, and our connection to other humans and nature is quietly superseded by FOMO (“fear of missing out”) and the social media comparison trap.
Medical research indicates that our connections with other people and nature improves our sense of health and happiness. Conversely, when we lose our sense of connection, anxiety, depression, and burnout are often the result.
A Gallup study of the primary causes of employee burnout found that the main factors had less to do with expectations of hard work and high performance and are more closely associated with the management and treatment of an individual.
If you feel emotionally, mentally, or physically exhausted, or if you are demotivated, frustrated, or anxious at work, it may be time to ask yourself some hard questions.
Remember, it’s important to unplug and take some time to enjoy connecting with family and friends. Pursue fun hobbies and do some things that make you happy. Once we recognise burnout for the frequently occurring pandemic, we can begin the journey towards a healthier and fulfilled life.