Burnout: 5 tips for recovery and prevention

When we’re not getting enough sleep, it interferes with our memory and our ability to think and concentrate. This can contribute to burnout.

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Breaking out of burnout and the far-reaching depletion of energy and motivation it brings takes significant effort – far more than just a holiday. Here are six expert tips on recognising, fighting and preventing burnout.

1. Recognise burnout in yourself

Burnout is more than feeling tired. It is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion, according to Melbourne-based organisational psychologist Dr Sarah Cotton, director of Transitioning Well. 

According to the Maslach Burnout Inventory, the three dimensions of burnout are: 

  • physical and emotional exhaustion, even on waking
  • depersonalisation, cynicism and feeling resentful and disconnected from your work
  • reduced professional efficacy and feeling that you are doing nothing well. 

If you recognise these three traits in yourself, it is time to seek help. If not addressed early, burnout can lead to multiple serious mental and physical health problems, including depression and anxiety, immune deficiency disorders and gastrointestinal problems.

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