We all know the feels of just being completely exhausted, burnt out and just can't give work your all. Sleep and coffee don't help and you just get weaker by the day. And usually your boss will be pretty quick to tell you it's not a real thing and to just get a good nights sleep.
WELL IN YOUR FACE BOSS. It's real, and it's now medically diagnoseable by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Now listed as a syndrome in the WHO's diagnostic manual, 'burnout' is described as "a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed,"
"It is characterized by three dimensions:
1) Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
2) Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and
3) Reduced professional efficacy."
"Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life."
Sound familiar? Let your boss know!
Not only does burnout cost us our emotional and physical wellbeing, but it's also a massive issue for work productivity and company proficiency, so it's important for your work to look after you if you're experiencing it.
Hopefully this is a push in the right direction for workplaces making their employees mental health just as important as their physical health!