Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by prolonged and excessive stress. It is a common problem faced by many individuals, especially in high-pressure work environments. Burnout can lead to serious health problems, including depression, anxiety, and chronic fatigue, if not addressed early.
According to a study conducted by Cigna, a global health services provider, Singapore has the highest rates of burnout among five major Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. The study found that 92% of Singaporeans experience at least one symptom of burnout, with work being the leading cause.
How do I know if I am experiencing burnout?
Burnout symptoms can vary from person to person, but some common signs include:
Emotional exhaustion. Feeling drained, overwhelmed, and emotionally exhausted.
Reduced performance. Struggling to complete daily tasks, feeling unproductive and ineffective.
Depersonalisation. Feeling disconnected from others, withdrawing from social interaction and becoming cynical or detached.
Physical symptoms. Experiencing headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and difficulty sleeping.
Reduced personal accomplishment. Feeling ineffective, unappreciated, and inadequate.
What causes burnout?
Several factors can contribute to burnout, there include:
Work-related stress. Singapore’s competitive work culture and long working hours can lead to high levels of stress and burnout.
Poor work-life balance. Insufficient time for rest, recreation, and relationships outside of work.
Lack of support. Inadequate resources, feedback, and recognition can increase stress and feelings of burnout.
Personal factors. Certain personality traits, such as perfectionism and pessimism, can increase the risk of burnout.
What Should I Do If I’m Feeling Burnt Out?
If you are experiencing symptoms of burnout, it is essential to seek help early to prevent the condition from worsening. Some ways to seek help include:
Talk to someone. Seek support from friends, family or colleagues who understand and care for you.
Consult a professional. Speak to a mental health professional, such as a counselor or therapist, who can provide specialized support and guidance.
Prioritize self-care. Prioritize rest, relaxation, and activities that promote your physical and mental well-being, such as exercise, meditation, and hobbies.
Seek work adjustments. Communicate with your employer about work-related stressors and explore possible adjustments, such as flexible work arrangements or workload modifications.
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Burnout is a prevalent issue faced by many individuals and it is crucial to recognize the symptoms of burnout early and seek help to prevent it from becoming a chronic condition.
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