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Burn-out: an 'occupational phenomenon'

Have you ever felt so tired of a job that you feel you just can’t take it anymore?

Burn-out is an ‘occupational phenomenon’ officially recognized by World Health Organization

We all get stressed in our jobs, but if this is happening every day, you may be experiencing the occupational phenomenon known as “burn-out.”

You’re not alone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in May that it was including burn-out in its International Classification of Diseases.

WHO emphasizes that it is not an actual medical condition, but it could be a reason that people contact health providers.

They say that burn-out results from “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”


Burned outThey identify the following characteristics:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
  • increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and
  • reduced professional efficacy.

They also point out that this definition only applies in a work context and should not be used in other areas of life.

According to a 2015 study, the global cost of burn out in the workplace is in excess of $300 billion annually. The study wanted to know if exercise was an effective way to deal with burn out.

After four weeks of exercise participants had greater positive well-being and personal accomplishment, and concomitantly less psychological distress, perceived stress, and emotional exhaustion. Cardiovascular exercise was found to increase well-being and decrease psychological distress, perceived stress, and emotional exhaustion. Resistance training was noticeably effective in increasing well-being and personal accomplishment and to reduce perceived stress. The present findings revealed large effect sizes suggesting that exercise may be an effective treatment for burnout.

If you think you’re getting “burned out” with your job, or if you have more stress than you think you can handle, you should talk to your health care provider. Ask about what type of exercise might help relieve the stress and what other steps you can take to deal with the issues causing the stress.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to address the stress and avoid getting burned out.

Topics: Health & Safety, Being a Great Employee, Managing Stress

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