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Burnout And How To Recover From It

Written by: Marty Wightman, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


Burnout is a psychological condition that results from prolonged exposure to stress, leading to emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and decreased job performance. It is common among individuals working in high-pressure jobs, such as healthcare professionals, teachers, and emergency responders. Burnout is a serious problem that can lead to physical and mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and cardiovascular diseases. In this article, we will explore the causes and consequences of burnout, as well as Life Coaching strategies to recover from it.

Causes of Burnout

The causes of burnout are complex and multifaceted. They can be divided into three broad categories: work-related factors, individual factors, and personal life factors.

Work-related factors include high workload, lack of autonomy, lack of social support, and poor job fit. Individuals who work long hours, have little control over their work, and receive little recognition for their efforts are more likely to experience burnout. Additionally, those who have poor relationships with their coworkers or lack opportunities for social interaction may feel isolated and unsupported.

Individual factors include personality traits, such as perfectionism and high self-expectations, that can increase an individual's susceptibility to burnout. People who have a tendency to overwork themselves, put unrealistic expectations on themselves, and neglect their own well-being are at a higher risk of developing burnout.

Personal life factors, such as family conflicts, financial difficulties, and health problems, can also contribute to burnout. Individuals who have significant stressors outside of work may struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance and may find it difficult to cope with the demands of their job.

Consequences of Burnout

The consequences of burnout can be severe and far-reaching. Burnout can lead to physical and mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. It can also result in decreased job performance, increased absenteeism, and higher turnover rates. Burnout can have negative effects on relationships and personal life, as individuals may withdraw from social interactions and experience a decreased quality of life.

Recovering from Burnout

Recovering from burnout requires a multi-faceted approach that addresses the underlying causes of burnout and promotes self-care and resilience. Here are some strategies to help individuals recover from burnout:

Take Time Off: One of the most important steps in recovering from burnout is to take time off from work. Taking a break can help individuals recharge and reset, allowing them to return to work with renewed energy and focus.

Prioritize Self-Care: Individuals should prioritize self-care and engage in activities that promote physical and mental well-being, such as exercise, mindfulness, and social support. Taking care of oneself can help individuals build resilience and cope with stress.

Set Realistic Goals: Individuals should set realistic goals for themselves and avoid putting too much pressure on themselves. It is important to recognize that one cannot do everything and that it is okay to ask for help.

Build Social Support: Building social support is critical in recovering from burnout. Individuals should seek out social support from family, friends, and coworkers. Joining a support group or seeking professional help can also be beneficial.

Seek Professional Help: In some cases, recovering from burnout may require professional help. Cognitive-behavioral Coaching (CBC) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) are evidence-based treatments that can help individuals manage stress and build resilience.

Burnout is a serious problem that can have negative effects on physical and mental health, job performance, and personal life. Recovering from burnout requires a multi-faceted approach that addresses the underlying causes of burnout and promotes self-care and resilience. By taking time off, prioritizing self-care, setting realistic goals, building social support, and seeking professional help.

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Marty Wightman, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Marty qualified as a coach in 2007 when he set up his practice in London, UK. He holds a Masters's degree in Psychology, and he graduated from the University of East London. In addition to his academic qualifications, he is a member of the Association for Coaching, a Senior Member of the ACCPH, and trained by Stanford University Professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans in Life Design. Marty takes a cognitive-behavioral, rational emotive behavior, and solution-focused approach to psychological coaching and its application to life/personal, health, performance, business, and executive coaching.


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