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The Many Faces Of Burnout – Beyond The Office Walls

Written by: Maria-Stella Contera, 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.

 
Executive Contributor Maria-Stella Contera

While we often hear about burnout, we tend to automatically associate it with a demanding job consumed by multiple responsibilities and long hours. It's that feeling of being continually stressed, drained, and cynical about your job. From heavy workloads, and long hours to lack of support and poor workplace culture all these factors can chip away at our job enthusiasm, leaving us feeling pessimistic, productively ineffective, and emotionally drained.


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In today’s world burnout is no longer just confined to the workplace. As our lives move at a rapid pace, new opportunities abound, it also brings challenges like heightened competition and overwhelming expectations. In this fast-paced world, where progress is relentless and adaptation is key, burnout has trickled into every angle of our lives. From our relationships to caregiving responsibilities to social pressures and parenting challenges, burnout is now multifaceted, wreaking havoc on our physical, emotional, and mental well-being more than ever.


Let's look at burnout beyond the occupational phenomenon and uncover the diversity of this complex yet common societal issue that goes beyond the office walls.


  1. Relationship burnout: Ever felt like you're running on empty in a relationship? Relationship burnout hits when we're emotionally tapped out in our romantic, familial, or friendship bonds. Whether it's unresolved conflicts or unmet expectations, feeling disconnected and emotionally exhausted can strain even the closest of ties.

  2. Social burnout: Sometimes it feels like we're drowning in our social commitments. Social burnout creeps in when we're overwhelmed by the pressure to maintain a bustling social life, attend every event, and keep up with the Joneses. It's that feeling of exhaustion from trying to keep pace with social expectations.

  3. Caregiver burnout: Many of us wear the hat of a caregiver, whether it's for aging parents, a loved one with special needs, or a chronically ill family member. Caregiver burnout hits hard, with the physical, emotional, and financial strains of caregiving taking their toll. It's feeling exhausted, irritable, and sometimes helpless or guilty for not being able to do enough.

  4. Parental burnout: Parenthood is a rollercoaster ride of joys and challenges, but it can also lead to burnout. Juggling work, childcare, extracurricular activities, and social pressures to be the perfect parent can leave us feeling overwhelmed and emotionally spent. It can create short tempers, impatience, and detachment, all impacting the relationship we have with our children.

  5. Academic burnout: Students and academics aren't immune to burnout either. Academic burnout sets in when the pressures of deadlines, perfectionism, and imposter syndrome take their toll. It's feeling demotivated, struggling academically, and questioning ourselves, and our capabilities.

  6. Creative burnout: Creative burnout can occur for those in the arts or creative fields, such as artists, writers, and musicians, who experience exhaustion and creative blocks. Factors such as self-doubt, creative pressure, and burnout from constant output and public pressures can contribute to creative burnout. Symptoms may include a lack of inspiration, creative fatigue, and feelings of cynicism.

  7. Fitness burnout: Fitness burnout occurs among individuals who engage in regular exercise but experience physical and mental exhaustion from overtraining or trying to reach unrealistic fitness goals. Factors such as excessive exercise, inadequate rest, and aiming for perfectionism can contribute to fitness burnout. Symptoms may include chronic fatigue, injuries, and eventually the loss of enthusiasm to exercise at all.

  8. Tech burnout: In a very digitized world, tech burnout is all too real. Technology burnout occurs when we feel overwhelmed by the constant connectivity and digital demands of life. Issues such as information overload, digital distractions, and social media pressure can contribute to technology burnout. Symptoms may include screen fatigue, digital addiction, and feelings of disconnection from the real world. It's being frequently tied to our devices, bombarded with information overload and social media pressures.


It's not unusual to find ourselves caught in the entanglement of multiple types of burnout. In my journey, what I initially thought to be purely workplace burnout was most likely an entanglement of workplace, caregiving, and parental burnout. The demands from each intertwined, leaving me feeling stretched thin and physically, mentally and emotionally depleted. However, with a pragmatic approach, I was able to recover and adopt a sustainable and preventative strategy that now is a part of my daily routine.


Burnout isn't just a work problem—it's a multifaceted issue that demands attention across all elements of our lives. By recognizing the different faces of burnout and understanding their root causes, we can take proactive practical steps to prioritize our physical, mental, and emotional health, ensuring that we thrive, not just survive, in all the elements of our lives.


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Maria-Stella Contera, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Maria-Stella is a passionate advocate for women's health and well-being, who embarked on a transformative journey from corporate burnout to becoming a beacon of empowerment and education. With a profound understanding of the challenges women face in maintaining their wellbeing and a healthy lifestyle whilst juggling multiple responsibilities, Maria-Stella offers a unique and proven strategy for the prevention and management of burnout. Maria-Stella's resolute mission is clear: to empower and educate women to be in control of their health and wellbeing so they live life at their healthiest and personal best. She does this without adding extra pressures into their busy life and without feeling guilty.

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