EXHAUSTION / BURNOUT
Numerous workplace wellness studies have confirmed that there are
three interrelated elements to the burnout we are now seeing: 1)
emotional or physical exhaustion; 2) a sense of being disconnected
from work or family; 3) a feeling of being less effective.
of the above Covid-Burnout elements feeds into the others. It is
difficult to be engaged when we are exhausted. Exhaustion undermines
effectiveness, which in turn hurts our morale. Burnout can result
from feeling disconnected from work or family and friends. We need
engagement in all aspects of our lives in order to be at our best.
are to help employees to be engaged we need to have a new
conversation about well-being in the workplace. And that means
addressing two longstanding stigmas head-on - 1) talking about
mental health at work and, 2) breaking the code of silence
between employers and employees not to discuss personal issues at
Fortunately, the pandemic has started to chip away at this
outdated 'unspoken agreement' as more and more organizations begin
to have coaching conversations with their people that take a
cannot expect employees to thrive professionally when
they are struggling personally. A holistic approach to well-being
demands that we take a whole life approach and be attentive to the needs of the whole person.
WORKPLACE MENTAL EXHAUSTION
Most persons will have experienced periods of emotional exhaustion
or some level of burnout..
Feeling excessively tired after work, devoid of much energy,
irritable, feeling down, de-motivated, change in appetite? You may
People experiencing emotional exhaustion often feel like they have
no power or control over what happens in life. They may feel “stuck”
or “trapped” in a situation.
Lack of energy, poor sleep, and decreased motivation can make it
difficult to overcome emotional exhaustion. Over time, this chronic,
stressed-out state can cause permanent damage to your health.
Anyone experiencing long-term stress can become emotionally
exhausted and overwhelmed. In difficult times, emotional exhaustion
can sneak up on you.
Vital or Emotional Exhaustion, commonly referred to as burnout
syndrome, is typically caused by prolonged stress at work or home or
both. It differs from depression, which is characterized by poor
self-esteem, guilt, dark / grey emotions and feelings.
Negative affect on Performance
There is evidence that chronic (persistent) stress can actually
rewire your brain. Prolonged stress means less activity in the parts
of the brain that handles higher-order tasks — for example, the
prefrontal cortex — and more activity in the primitive parts of
their brain, such as the amygdala (your
emotional control / fight or flight center). When the brain when it is under a lot of stress
it is focused on producing alot of neutralizing neural activity that builds negative energy networks in
brain, and the part of the brain tasked
with more complex thought takes a back seat -and hence performance,
critical analysis, decision-making, creativity levels etc drop away.
Employers whose employees are stressed out and emotionally exhausted
will begin to notice changes in job performance and overall team
morale. For example, they might start to notice that their employees
- failure to meet deadlines, lower commitment to the organization,
more absences, high turnover rate etc
Some causes of emotional exhaustion?
Experiencing some daily stress and anxiety is normal, but over time,
chronic stress can take a toll on the body. Emotional exhaustion is
caused by a long period of stress.
What triggers emotional exhaustion differs from person to person.
What might be stressful for one person can be completely manageable
for another person.
Some common triggers of emotional exhaustion include:
- high-pressure jobs
- study or project demands
- working long hours or working in a position you dislike
- relationship problems
- financial stress
- having a baby and raising children
- prolonged divorce proceedings
- death of a family member or friend
- living with a chronic illness or injury
- being a caregiver for a loved one.
Psychological and Physiological harm can be caused in people who
suffer from exhaustion that goes unchecked.
A recent study published (Jan. 2020) in the European Journal of
Preventive Cardiology showed persons with the high levels of vital
exhaustion were at a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation
compared to those with little to no evidence of vital exhaustion.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common form of heart arrhythmia. It
is estimated that 17 million people in Europe and 10 million people
in the US will have this condition by next year, increasing their
risk for heart attack, stroke, and death.
Psychological distress has been suggested as a risk factor for
atrial fibrillation. Until now, the specific association between
vital exhaustion and atrial fibrillation had not been evaluated.
exhaustion increases one’s risk for cardiovascular disease,
including heart attack and stroke.
importance of avoiding exhaustion through careful attention to – and
management of – personal stress levels as a way to help preserve
overall cardiovascular health cannot be overstated.
It is already known that
THE SOLUTION TO COVID-BURNOUT and WORKPLACE EXHAUSTION
THE KEY = Emotional Self-Regulation and working with the power of
- What solutions individuals can implement to better cope with
and manage to control the tonic stressors that surround them.
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