Avoiding Burnout in the Workplace

by Abigail Jane

Check out my recent blog on this topical subject highlighting how to avoid burnout and stress.  It covers what it is and why it happens, how to avoid it and useful links and resources.

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What is Burnout?

“Burnout: physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress: “high levels of professionalism which may result in burnout.” Oxford Languages Dictionary

The World Health Organization (2019) defines burnout as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

Various mental and physical health conditions can occur when we experience burnout . This can be observed in people who are employed or self employed, and also those who are not in paid employment but are caring for children or others who depend on them for support.

Am I at risk of burnout?

What are the signs of Burnout?

The physical symptoms include:

  • Feeling exhausted
  • Unable to recover from a common cold
  • Frequent headaches
  • Frequent gastrointestinal problems
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Shortness of breath

The behaviours include:

  • Irritability
  • Heightened emotional responses (quick to cry, quick to anger)
  • Suspicious and paranoid about colleagues
  • Substance abuse
  • Stubbornness, rigid thinking, and unwillingness to listen to other people
  • Negative attitude
  • Appears depressed

What are the causes of Burnout?

  • Unrealistic work expectations
  • Micromanagement
  • Poor instructions
  • Isolation
  • Lack of support

How to avoid Burnout?

Here are my top tips for preventing burnout. If you are experiencing burnout or feel you are at risk, please follow the link and get in touch. I have experience of over 15 years, coaching people in the workplace and this is an issue that can be rapidly improved with the right support. Career Coaching in Bristol – Abi Unwin – Certified Career Coach (abigailjanecoaching.com)

How to avoid burnout

Useful links for more information and support


If you are experiencing burnout symptoms, don’t delay in getting some advice and guidance to support a change and find out how to avoid burnout and stay well at work. Here are some links which may be useful for you:

Mental Health at Work website – Mind

Interventions to prevent burnout in high risk individuals: evidence review – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Burnout – Mental Health UK (mentalhealth-uk.org)

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