causes of burnout

What Causes Burnout?

Burnout is the result of prolonged or chronic stress and is characterized by feeling drained, empty, cynical, and a lack motivation at your job. When left untreated, burnout can wreak havoc on your mental, emotional and physical health and wellness.

Common causes of job burnout:

Lack of control or work overload

Being unable to influence or make decisions that directly impact your work life, including when you work and your workload, can lead to burnout. You constantly have an unmanageable workload and can’t say “no” to anyone, either personally or professionally. This can lead to mental, physical and emotional exhaustion.

Toxic workplace

When you dread stepping into the office because of a co-worker who makes your workday miserable or because you constantly feel undermined, you’re headed toward burnout. If you’re constantly managing chaos, you’re going to be stressed at work and it will affect your confidence and overall wellbeing.


Feeling unsupported in your role, whether you work remotely or just don’t interact much with others either socially or professionally can lead to anxiety and burnout.

Lack of self-care

This is probably the most common cause of burnout. Your work life has overtaken your personal life, leaving you with no work-life balance. Not having enough time or energy to take care of yourself because of your job is a one-way ticket to living with burnout.

The key to preventing and managing burnout

Burnout occurs because the body is in constant stress. This will lead to exhaustion and you burnout. If you’re experiencing burnout, the simple approach is to be proactive in your own holistic selfcare and wellbeing. It is helpful to learn how to activate your own body’s relaxation response. When the body is relaxed, your mind and emotions will naturally be calm as well. Self-care requires an holistic health/wellness approach – physical, emotional, mental and behavioural.

Today’s professionals are doing more than ever with limited time and energy, leaving them stressed and burnt out. Sign up to get our expert tips on how to prevent and manage burnout, learn more about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and how it can help, and be one of the first to use our web app for your free self-care resource. Helthe Connect: Empowerment through your wellness community.

What Causes Burnout?

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