Burnout 101

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Burnout is being in a chronic state of overwhelming stress for an unmanageable amount of time. You can prevent burnout by seeking professional support and learning how to manage your stress.

Burnout in Men

Our brains are hardwired to approach life one scenario at a time, and there’s only so much attention we can give in a day. This worked great in simpler times when all we had to focus on was providing food, shelter and safety for our family.

But today, everyone has too much to do, too little time, too many demands, and endless to-do lists. We wear being busy as a badge of honour and assume something’s wrong if we’re not overworked or multi-tasking. So, it’s no wonder that burnout has evolved. It’s a relatively new phenomenon of modern society that’s typically associated with chronic work-related stress. It’s a state of complete emotional exhaustion that leaves us overwhelmed and unable to meet demands. Left unchecked, we become cynical, which takes over other aspects of our life and strains our relationships with friends and family.

Burnout can also impact our mental and physical health in the long term, and can eventually lead to depression, which is why it’s so important to learn how to cope with it. One of the most effective steps we can take is to reach out to a professional and start unburdening ourselves and our lives.

Male Burnout Symptoms

Burnout is a slow-burn, so to speak. It creeps up on men, with gradual symptoms that increase over time. These signs are red flags telling you that there’s something wrong with your situation and that it’s time to step back and assess your life.

01 Physical

  • Feeling tired and drained
  • Trouble focussing
  • Chest pain, rapid heart rate
  • Frequent colds or flu
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

02 Emotional & Behavioural

  • Feeling frozen or paralyzed
  • Anxious, racing thoughts
  • Depression or general unhappiness
  • Decreased satisfaction in work
  • Irritable, cynical
  • Sense of failure

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Treating Burnout

There’s no need to let feeling burnout take over your life. To help manage it, we’ll first look at its root cause, which might be due to work issues, work-life imbalance, illness, lifestyle, financial insecurity, and more. We’ll then use counselling and coaching to work together and look at your attitudes and behaviour to explain what’s holding you back and how to think differently about your problems. Finally, we’ll teach you the tools you need to treat your feelings of being overwhelmed, making way for you to live a better life.

74 %

In 2017, 74 percent of people felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

- Mental Health Foundation

14 %

14 percent of people feel chronically overwhelmed.

- Forbes

60 %

60 percent of work absenteeism is attributable to burnout.

- Forbes

80 %

Over 80 percent of men in the US work more than 40 hours a week.

- Cheatsheet.com

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