We often think of burnout as something that happens in the workplace.
For example, in the ICD-11 (International Classification of Diseases, version 11) the World Health Organisation defines burn-out as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed (see Burn-out an “occupational phenomenon”: International Classification of Diseases).
It [burnout] is characterized by three dimensions:
- feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
- increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and
- reduced professional efficacy.
But in today’s podcast episode with Counselling and Clinical Pyschologist Katrina Streatfeild, we argue that the definition of what constitutes a “workplace” needs to be widened … a lot.
Because burnout can affect more people than just those in paid work.
So as a busy person, whether in paid or unpaid work, are you at risk of burnout? And if you are, what can you do about it?
In the podcast episode we talk about:
- Definition of burnout [2:13]
- Symptoms of burnout in practical terms [3:27]
- Who is at higher risk of burnout? [6:34]
- Risk factors for burnout [11:13]
- More signs of burnout [13:30]
- Difference between lack of energy and depression [17:07]
- Tips for recovering from burnout [21:37]
- Burnout is our body's way of saying “something needs to change” [24:51]
- Tips for avoiding the burnout stage completely [26:25]
- Introducing the concept of rest (not the sleeping variety) [27:15]
- Tips for setting boundaries [29:29]
Have a listen to the podcast today. It might just save your sanity…
Trudy Rankin is the host of the Online Business Launchpad Podcast, Director of West Island Digital and the founder of the Online Business Lift-Off program.
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Katrina brings almost 25 years of experience across the spectrum of child and adult assessment and intervention for trauma and mental health disorders, child & family work and supervision of psychology trainees and registrars.
Her areas of interest include anxiety, adjustment, stress & burnout, trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD, child and parent work, women's mental health, complex Mental Health Disorders, EMDR and supervision and mentoring of provisional and registrar (Clinical and Counselling) Psychologists.