Feeling Burned Out? Here’s How to Handle It
Feeling Burned Out? Here’s How to Handle It
Feeling Burned Out? Here’s How to Handle It
Read the article

Feeling Burned Out? Here’s How to Handle It

In the UK, 30,000 people have suffered from burnouts, and nearly 3 million people in the workforce are at their limits. Here’s an update on this situation as a way to commemorate International Mental Health Day which took place on October 10th.

We often think that burnouts happen to others, until the day it actually hits us, brutally. This is what happened to Justine, an ex-creative strategist manager in an advertising agency.

She never imagined that she would be the victim of a burnout, and while she did take a sick leave, the doctor's recommendations were difficult to apply. One day her body finally gave out and she had no choice but to rest and accept the situation.

What is a burnout?

Justine talked about the lack of credibility surrounding the word ‘burnout,’ whose meaning is often misused, but also about the lack of help in dealing with this disease, and about certain professional habits that can trigger a burnout.

In particular, she says that the use of the phrase ‘working like a machine,’ often interpreted as recognition of an employee’s hard work and as a sign of encouragement and motivation for some employers, pushes people to work even harder, which can then lead to extreme fatigue and worse, a burnout.

The choice of words and expressions used in companies is also in question:

We are not machines, the term 'you are a machine' is not recognition. We have to stop saying 'you are a machine.

What are the symptoms of a burnout?

As Justine explains, there are many forms of burnouts and several factors that can trigger them, and they can manifest through overwork, anxiety, or by the work environment.

One has to tell oneself that everyone is different and that everyone has his or her own reason for experiencing a burnout. If the body gives in, it's for a reason. If the mind gives in, it’s for a reason.

The general warning signs of a burn out are:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Stress
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Problems concentrating
  • Physical pain
  • Loss of appetite

How to treat a burnout?

The first step in the treatment of a burnout is to go on sick leave and to accept this leave.

Secondly, it is advisable to restand take time for yourself. You should also have regular appointments with a psychologist or psychiatrist. It is recommended to talk about this with your family and friends as well as with other victims.

Finally, the doctor may prescribe medication based on anxiolytics and antidepressants, if necessary.

What is the difference between depression and a burnout?

If you are wondering what the main difference between depression and a burnout is, a burnout is most often the result of exhaustion due to the work environment.

Conversely, depression manifests itself more generally, and can be triggered by trauma, a personal situation, or even an illness.

A way to move forward

Now a communication consultant and freelance life coach, Justine has decided to help burnout victims and has created an Instagram account with a friend who is also a burnout victim. They offer testimonials and advice from experts, such as psychologists and doctors.

The goal? To help the victims get out of this situation in the best way possible.

By James Guttridge

No connection
Check your settings