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Clinical Psychologist Deekshaa Athwani Shares 10 Things You Need To Know About Burnout

Work-life, lack of relaxation, stressful assignments are some of the things, among others, that everyone faces. At times of stress and pressure, an individual experiences burnout. Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands.  To understand more, TC46 connected with Ms Deekshaa Athwani, Clinical Psychologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, where she explains what is burnout and how it affects an individual. She also tells us how we can tackle the after-effects of burnout.

1.  Emotional exhaustion + stress = burnout

Burnout is emotional exhaustion due to prolonged stress. This often leads to feelings that things are not going to work out well. You might feel inefficient in the work you do. Every day seems like you are just going through your days and not living it. These feelings are majorly related to stress or excessive demands at your work. If this is how you feel constantly, you are experiencing burnout.

2.  Burnout can lead to the feeling of inefficiency

There can be various factors that contribute to burnout: – Workload – You do not have sufficient time to recover from the demands of your work – Lack of control – There are role conflicts, which deny you your autonomy – No Rewards – It may not only be the paycheck but can also be when you are not valued or appreciated for your work – Work Environment – This could be lack of co-worker support, workplace bullying, awkward politics leading to passive aggression

3. Burnout results in chronic fatigues and constant mood swings

Burnout affects you both psychologically and physically. You may notice signs of chronic fatigue, frequent headaches, body aches, lack of sleep, all this is also accompanied by having constant mood swings, feeling of irritability, anger outbursts and isolation.

4. Unable to fulfilling responsibilities or get work done

Yes, burnout often leads to professional and personal consequences. Few of which can be – job dissatisfaction, withdrawing from colleagues, inability to get the job done, consumption of alcohol or substance abuse, isolating oneself from friends and family, irresponsibility towards finances, and not being able to fulfil responsibilities.

5. Socializing and anxiety with the new normal

Adjusting to change is challenging and over a period of time, we have experienced numerous changes related to the way we live, the way we work or study. Also, the way we socialize has become very different. There was a lot of anxiety about the unprecedented change, but we are slowly adapting to the new normal, building resilience and growing as individuals in these changing times. These are trying times for everyone and you need to be patient with yourself. Watch this video and learn about 5 quick ways to indulge in some self-love!

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