Burnout: how to prevent it and how to cure it

Burnout: how to prevent it and how to cure it

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It is not certain that if you feel totally unmotivated and lacking in energy, it is the fault of the change of season. Especially if it happens to you at different times of the year, or continuously, it is better to start and ask yourself if it is not the syndrome of burnout because the symptoms are exactly those. This form of exhaustion that leads us to a depersonalization and a reduction of our skills in the workplace, is very widespread and in some cases is even accepted as an inevitable condition. What kind of life is it? No, burnout is not an inevitable condition, beyond the work that is being done, and here we will learn how to prevent it, as well as how to treat it.

Studies are not lacking since we have begun to talk about this problem already in the 1970s in America. Until a few years ago, however, it was considered a typical syndrome only of some certain professions, the helping professions, or nurses, teachers, educators and all those people who "take care". Today it can be safely said that all professions, some for one reason, others for others, are a risk of burnout, a problem that can affect men and whence of all ages and origins. Surely there are cultures that push us more towards this stressful situation but a lot depends on the individual situations and here we do not want to generalize.

However, we can take note of a current situation, one that sees many working realities "celebrate" the ability to work under stress, therefore "cultivating" this syndrome. It may happen to read this among the requirements required to apply for some job positions, which in a certain sense leads us to think that working peacefully is less rewarded, less valid, less appreciated. Recently there are those, even among the big names, who are realizing the contradiction and are implementing very intelligent initiatives to safeguard the both physical and mental well-being of its employees, even for personal interest, because burnout would put them out of the game and deprive the company of a precious resource.

Burnout: causes

Sticking to office life in the 2020s, let's review a number of real and objective situations that can cause stress. Cases of mobbing, for example, which should be reported, but also situations that are more difficult to condemn openly and to "prove" such as the abundance of overtime, the lack of protections and incentives, too much competition, not always healthy, the absence of rewards. Even the work environment itself can take us to a level of unbearable stress, it depends a lot on the place where we are, on the light, on the air, on the sounds. The performance anxiety that can afflict us is also objective, especially if we are at our first jobs or are now entering the world of work which in Italy is in a very bad situation, especially for young people and especially in some less "metropolitan" areas.

To the objective causes are added also the subjective ones that are therefore linked to the character of a person and the type of work. Here, in a certain sense, “chemistry” comes into play, or rather the concept of “being inclined to” carry out a certain profession. The most banal example that comes to mind is that of the doctor, if I had to operate with my hands on people who risk their lives, I would go into burnout before even starting, yet, fortunately, there are those who are able to to face this profession and to carry it out in an excellent way. The important is do not feel incapable but to recognize what makes us calm and what is not suitable for our type of character and disposition.

Burnout: symptoms

Symptoms are related to situations of anxiety and depression, they can also lead to behavioral disorders. One of the first signs that are usually felt is that of perennial fatigue and the collapse of motivation. We all get tired and look forward to the weekend, but burnout is a stress that destroys us and takes possession of our life, it doesn't allow us to think about anything else, it covers with a gray fog even the parts of life we ​​live extra work, is reduced to a minimum.

With this syndrome, we become perpetually negative, we have a colossal effort to go to work every day, we experience an unmotivated feeling of failure and at the same time a strong anger in general, towards the concept of work. There are also those who feel discouragement, indifference, cynicism, tend to isolate themselves and cannot concentrate, do not sleep at night and various types of addictions can develop: alcohol, drugs, drugs, mania for play, food). Stress can also provoke us physical problems such as headaches and gastrointestinal upset.

Approaching burnout can be seen as a process of three stages. First of all, you fall into an emotional and nervous breakdown, you feel empty of work, helpless, angry but also dull. At this point we turn into cynical, detached or aggressive people in the workplace and in general when we come into contact with the problems of others. With the months you can fall into one chronic depression or in a state of apathy, feeling incapable and self-criticizing constantly.

Burnout: how to prevent it

The best thing to do is to put yourself in the conditions in which you do not feel this strong stress and do not even enter the first phase. Like? Adopting one healthy and respectful lifestyle of their needs, working but not identifying with our work, preserving spaces for ourselves, informing us about our rights, for example to avoid exploitation, mobbing and legal wrongs.

In society, in a more general sense, it would be useful to provide a support figure (counselor) in offices and implement courses and activities for personal and not just professional growth. Going to the root of the problem, thepersonnel selection model, and perhaps it is already happening, to stop expecting a person to be able to work permanently under stress, as if it were the only way to have a good performance.

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