Burnout has been the reality for millions of people this past year. Whether it is a change in lifestyle or working too much, it can change the way we approach and do things in our everyday lives. What is burnout exactly and how can we approach these emotions going forward? Read below to learn more.
How are you doing? This simple question gets asked a lot these days, and for some of us our standard answer is “ok”. We are asked this at work, by friends, by family, and even strangers in limited interactions while at the grocery store. But what does it really mean? Does the person asking us really care? When it comes to our work life, are we truly aware of how we are doing? Burnout is nothing new.
World Health Organization (WHO) defines burnout as an occupational phenomenon.
It is included in ICD-10 and identified by code Z73.0. With the release of ICD-11, Burnout received a more detailed definition.
According to the WHO’s website, Burnout is characterized by three dimensions:
1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion.
2) increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job.
3) reduced professional efficacy.
Personally, this is not something I ever thought about. Until I listened to a recent episode of NPR’s Life Kit, host Rhitu Chatterjee spoke with professionals regarding burnout and how it affected them personally and psychiatrist on ways to cope with this in your own lives.