Burnout is a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion that someone can reach if they experience constant stress over a long period of time. The word burnout is often used casually in conversations to describe feelings of fatigue. However, while rest and time off will usually help people to recover from general tiredness, burnout takes longer to recover from and usually involves other signs.
How much do you know about burnout?
Take our quiz to see how much you know about burnout and the things you can do to prevent it.
What does someone experience if they are burnt out?
It is normal to feel tired after a particularly busy or stressful period in life. However, with regular tiredness or stress, you will usually feel better after resting and self-care. This is not the case with burnout. The main signs of burnout are exhaustion that is not cured by resting, cynicism (negativity towards things you once cared about) and/ or Depersonalisation (the feeling of being separated from or outside your body) and the feeling that you are unable to achieve much. Learn more about the signs of burnout here.
True or false: Burnout develops in stages
Burnout develops slowly and over time. It is likely that you will experience small, subtle signs before you experience severe burnout. Learning to spot those signs and deal with stress early on can help you to avoid severe burnout. Learn more about how to manage stress and prevent burnout here
Burnout is caused by:
Burnout is caused by a combination of factors, some inside and some outside of your control. In simple terms, it is caused by constant stress that is ongoing. When trying to understand burnout, it is important to remember that everyone experiences stress differently. Also, some of the structures and inequalities in our society make certain people and groups more likely to experience stress and burnout than others. Learn more about what causes burnout here
Which of the following is a lifestyle risk factor for burnout?
Burnout is caused by constant stress over time and is influenced by many individual, environmental and societal factors. Anyone can experience burnout. Learn more about what causes burnout here
True or false: Burnout is considered to be a diagnosable mental illness
Burnout is not recognised as a diagnosable mental health condition in Ireland, but it can lead to physical and mental health issues. It can also be experienced alongside mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Learn more about what burnout is here.
How long does it take to recover from burnout?
The amount of time it takes to recover from burnout will vary from person to person and depends on how severe their burnout is. If you are experiencing burnout, it is important to seek support and develop a recovery plan that works for you. Learn more about what what you can do if you're feeling burnt out here.
What are some things you can do to prevent burnout?
Even in this fast-paced world, there are things you can do to help you to manage stress and prevent burnout. It's all about identifying what is in your control to change. Learn more about how to manage stress and prevent burnout here
What is one of the best things to do if you think you’re burnt out?
If you are experiencing burnout, it is important to know that you’re not alone. There are people you can talk to about your concerns and who can help you on the road to recovery. Learn more about what what you can do if you're feeling burnt out here.