What is burnout syndrome? This is nothing more than a specific type of professional deformation, a kind of reaction of the human body to prolonged exposure to professional stress. It is important to understand that "burnout" — not just the result of stress (after all, stress can be creative, bringing the necessary changes), but a consequence of uncontrollable stress. Let's try together with estet-portal.com to deal with this phenomenon.

What are the causes of professional burnout syndrome

The main cause of "burnout" is considered to be psychological and mental overwork. This includes a high level of expectation of the results of one's professional activity, a high level of devotion to moral principles, the problem of refusing a request, a tendency to self-sacrifice, etc. The most prone to burnout and the first to fail, as a rule, are the best employees – those who treat their work most responsibly, worry about their work, put their soul into it. The development of the syndrome is facilitated by the lack of proper remuneration (including not only material, but also moral, emotional) for the work performed, and this makes a person believe that his activity has no value for himself, the team, structure, society.

Of course, any unwillingness to work cannot be considered a syndrome of professional burnout. But if you systematically experience disgust for your work, a burning unwillingness to work, then it's time to think about a possible violation.

What are the main syndromes of professional burnout

You can also determine if you have this syndrome by the following alarming symptoms:

  • a drop in the efficiency of one's work activity, chronic fatigue, as well as an indifferent or even irritably aggressive attitude towards business and others;
  • disappointment in work and personal life;
  • loss of self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness, meaninglessness of what is happening and inexplicable guilt;
  • frequent mood swings;
  • depression;
  • unmotivated worry about the future;
  • personal detachment, that is, significant events taking place around a person, cause him a weak emotional response or simply do not excite him;
  • feeling of failure, hopelessness, loss of faith in tomorrow, etc.

Behavioral problems may include:

  • emotional "explosions", unmotivated mood swings;
  • neglect of professional and family obligations;
  • decrease in self-criticism;
  • negative attitude towards the work performed, lack of initiative, motivation;
  • restriction of communication with colleagues, friends and acquaintances;
  • difficulties in communicating with others, the appearance of a negative attitude towards customers;
  • loss of sense of humor, negative attitude towards oneself;
  • abuse of alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, etc.

At some point, a person "runs out of strength", is haunted by thoughts that tomorrow (on Monday) he has to go to work again. A person looks forward to the weekend or vacation, when there will be at least a little respite. But even after rest, these phenomena reappear as soon as he comes to work. This is – the first stage of the burnout syndrome.

At the second stage, a person begins to move away from all problems. So the body, trying to cope with emotional stress, protects itself. A person ceases to be excited about professional activity, almost nothing causes an emotional response – neither positive nor negative circumstances.

After that comes the third period – drop in self-esteem. A person does not see prospects in his work, does not believe in his professional capabilities, and wants almost nothing in life. This is – a time of powerful depression, up to suicide.

How to overcome the crisis

Modern psychology is now trying to find ways to "treat" and "prevent" this dangerous phenomenon. Oddly enough, the first and main step – admit that you have burnout syndrome. There is nothing to be ashamed of, unfortunately, every person who works hard can have this condition, and the “burnout” person does not himself understand the reasons for his poor health/irritation and begins to look for them around him, usually at work.

The root cause is obvious, because the human psyche – it is a very delicate organization that does not stand up to lengthy "strength tests". You cannot draw on your spiritual strength with impunity without replenishing their reserves. When the limit of these vital forces is exhausted, not only "burnout" becomes possible, but also prolonged severe depression, prolonged attacks of melancholy, deterioration in physical health, etc. When a person crosses the line beyond which one can talk about the syndrome of professional burnout, the first thought that appears in his head is: “Quit everything, look for another job! I can’t be here anymore! etc.". The potential for psychological stability during this period can be at a frightening level of "zero".

A person can habitually maintain respectability, but everything and everyone around him becomes indifferent to him. Communication with people causes discomfort.  People who are more purposeful and resolute change their place of work (often also the field of activity), while risking the loss of social status / a brittle career, etc.

Some even become downshifters (from the Western term "downshifting" – a cure for fatigue) and a separate topic will be devoted to this phenomenon.

But here's the paradox – after the inevitable adaptation in a new place / in a new sphere, the same (if not greater) problems and obstacles are found.

Burnout Syndrome – this is not a sentence, but a test of strength, a test that you must pass with yourself. The syndrome itself is not dangerous. It is simply some kind of warning to our inner self.

This warning must not be ignored. You should definitely listen to yourself and understand what exactly  your subconscious wanted to "suggest" to you.

How to deal with burnout

  • The first thing you should do to deal with burnout – is to rest. You just need rest. Take at least a week off. You need to get away from annoying competition at work, learn to deal with conflicts more easily. This will relieve constant aggression and anxiety. Maintaining good physical shape – another way to help yourself. Poor diet, alcohol, smoking, weight loss or obesity exacerbate burnout symptoms.
  • Second step – by all means try to relieve tension, use "time-outs" from work, self-regulation skills (relaxation, auto-training, etc.). Try to calculate and deliberately distribute your loads. Do not try to be the best always and in everything.

Experience shows that qualities such as openness, sociability, independence and the desire to rely on one's own strength help to prevent the syndrome in any profession.

  • Third, and most importantly, each of us needs to become our own highly skilled stress reliever and learn to set or reprioritize and think about lifestyle changes by making changes to our daily routine.

A classic example of a reassessment of values ​​is the extremely "fashionable" theory of "managing reality" - "Reality Transsurfing" by our contemporary V. Zeland, based on the postulates of quantum psychology (no wonder, because the author – is a physicist in the past and knows firsthand quantum physics and mechanics).

You can and should change your attitude to negative problems/events, correct your perception.

Getting rid of the formidable syndrome will come along with the conscious ability to form and maintain positive, optimistic attitudes and values ​​in oneself, both in relation to oneself and other people and life in general, the ability to love life in all its manifestations and endlessly share this love .

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