what is burnout

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What Does Burnout Feel Like?

If you have these symptoms, you may have burnout
what is burnout

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If you’re a part of the workforce, you may be vaguely familiar with the term “burnout.” At surface level, you probably know that it equates to some form of job-related exhaustion, which is true, but it’s much more than that. There are multiple signs you’re suffering from burnout.

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First and foremost: What is burnout? According to the Mayo Clinic, burnout is a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity. It is not classified as a medical condition, but instead an “occupational phenomenon” per the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases.

As far as symptoms go, you might feel cynical, inefficient, useless, depressed, easily bothered and spaced out. You might have headaches, stomach pain, higher blood pressure, blurred vision and frequent colds and infections. You can even develop insomnia. You could develop feelings of hate toward your job and, in turn, take as many sick days as you can to avoid it.

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Nobody wants to feel this way, but according to a recent study, 77% of full-time U.S. professionals do. It’s not too late to make a change to turn things around though, and the first step to healing is letting your supervisor know that you need help. For guidance, here’s how to talk to your boss about burnout.