How does one burnout?

Written By: Farah Hatem

Faced by the onoing burden of perfection, graduating school, getting a 4 point GPA, joining the best college schools and doing exceptionally well in them while maintaing a social life, good health and a sustainable lifestyle, one tends to get a little overstressed every now and then. However, when this stress prolongs for a long period of time, health risks prevail. One of the rarely widely discussed factor that affects mental and physical health is burnout. According to Merriam-Webster,  burnout is exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.

There are several signs of burnout, including signs of physical and emotional exhaustion, detachment, signs of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment. It’s not only about stress. Some of the signs include anxiety, isolation, poor performance, and most importantly, loss of self-worth and feeling of hopelessness. Some of the causes of burnouts is living a monotonous life, with no changes whatsoever. Another cause is the nonexistence of support from family or friends. Also, a high-achieving personality affects the chances of being burn out.

Burnouts are different that just stress, while stress is related to overengagement and getting stuff done, burnouts are more related to underengagement and thinking “Whats the point anyway?” While stress might lead to anxiety, burnouts lead to depression. Luckily enough, you can say burnouts are treatable. Talking to people and taking a break could be some of the treatments for burnouts along with meditation and quitting technology devices. If you’re experiencing a burnout, you have to take a step back and put your health above any other responsibility. Burnouts can have a dangerous effect on a person, however, it’s all still in your hands. You get to take the lead.