Ayesha Siddiqua, a multi-talented student faced burnout during her teenage years. Siddiqua’s realisation came during a vacation, prompting her to seek therapy.
Burnout is defined as chronic physical and emotional exhaustion resulting from prolonged stress. Symptoms include fatigue, cynicism, and detachment. John Victor, senior clinical psychologist and founder of Reevin Mental Health, Delhi, says the consequences of burnout go beyond exhaustion and cynicism. Chronic burnout not only has mental health consequences but physical, emotional, and professional ones too.
The consequences of burnout on the body include persistent fatigue, disrupted sleep, weakened immunity, and increased vulnerability to cardiovascular problems. Mental health effects encompass depression, anxiety, emotional detachment, and impaired cognitive functioning. In the workplace, burnout hampers performance, increases errors, and may lead to absenteeism. Timely help, including therapy and establishing a supportive environment, is crucial in preventing and managing burnout. It is important to recognise the signs and prioritise self-care to maintain overall well-being.
Read more about the how to recognise and tackle burnout here.
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