Yep, it’s a real thing. Even the World Health Organisation says so.
30 May 2019| Last updated on 2 June 2019
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You know when you’ve been completely overworked and under-rested for far too long, and feel utterly emotionally and physically exhausted? Millennials have been using the phrase ‘burnout’ to describe this actually very common scenario for a while, and now it’s been added to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Classification of Diseases.
So no, feeling ‘burned out’ by ongoing stressful work demands – and accepting the inevitable knock-on effect that has on our wellbeing, happiness and lives in general – is not OK, and we should probably all be taking it a bit more seriously.
Although burn out is a work-related issue, having a healthy, balanced lifestyle (including good nutrition, regular exercise and some time spent outdoors) outside of the office can be instrumental in helping to support our work-selves too. In fact, prevention is always better than cure – and the effect of a balanced, healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be underestimated.
“Hobbies that use the creative side of your brain can help you switch off when you’re at home, and take your mind off work-related problems,” says Morrison.
“Don’t be afraid to seek professional help, to confirm the diagnosis. It may help to have some time off work, to take the immediate pressure off,” she adds. “Don’t underestimate how long you might need. If you are burnt out, it will have happened over a certain length of time, and recovery could take just as long, sometimes several months.
“In the long term, you may need a radical change to your whole lifestyle and career. If you feel your mental health is at risk, you may even need to change job altogether, go part-time, or reduce your level of responsibility, even if it means taking a pay cut.”