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Burnout in Professionals – It’s time to take action!

Burnout is a syndrome linked to long-term, unresolved, work-related stress. (World Health Organisation).  It is not in itself a medical condition, but it causes a state of physical and/ or emotional exhaustion says Dr Hemlata Charitar-Sookha.

Since May 2019, the WHO stipulated that burnout must be understood as being specifically related to work.  Burnout can be due to unsuccessful management of chronic work-related stress.

Symptoms of Burnout:

  • Feeling of exhaustion
  • Feeling of detachment from work
  • Being cynical about your work
  • Decreased productivity at work
  • Difficulty to focus attention at work
  • Tendency to become irritated easily with co-workers, customers, etc
  • Lack of satisfaction from your personal achievements
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Changes in eating patterns
  • Unexplained headaches, stomach or bowel problems

Significant health consequences can follow if burnout remains unattended. Common consequences include severe insomnia, depression, anxiety attacks, heart disease, high blood glucose levels and high blood pressure.

Factors which increase your chances of Burnout

  1. Inability to maintain a work-life balance
  2. Lack of social support at work and at home
  3. Lack of control at your workplace
  4. Extremes of activity at work: either when the job is monotonous or when it is chaotic

Prevention of BurnOut

One of the most reliable ways to help prevent Burnout is to take care of your mental wellness. Tips for mental wellness :

  1. Balanced meals daily with regular consumption of omega-3 rich foods
  2. Good sleep hygiene
  3. Daily exercise for 15 minutes
  4. Relaxation techniques such as yoga and tai chi
  5. A good work-life balance
  6. Avoid smoking
  7. Avoid alcohol consumption
  8. Professional help should be sought during early signs to avoid complications in the future

At Wellkin Hospital, we are committed to help professionals achieve mental wellness. Our Psychiatry Unit not only provides outpatient treatment for all major psychiatric disorders but also help to educate and coach patients and their caregivers about mental wellness.

Article by Dr Hemlata Charitar-Sookha,Consultant-Psychiatry, Fellow Member of the American Psychiatric Association.

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