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Burnout is viewed as a complex, multifaceted response syndrome to chronic occupational stresses and insufficient recovery (Langelaan, Bakker, Schaufeli, van Rhenen & van Dooren, 2006; Salvador & Rothman, 2005)
Although symptoms of burnout may vary, it is often exhibited in five areas: physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual and can manifest on either individual, interpersonal and/or organisational level.
Feelings and Emotions of Burnout
Powerless; Failure; Hopelessness; Emotional exhaustion; Despair; Detachment; Isolation; Frustration; Being trapped; Irritability; Apathy
Stress versus Burnout:
Characterized by overengagement ⇔ Characterized by disengagement
Emotions are overreactive ⇔ Emotions are blunted
Produces urgency and hyperactivity ⇔ Produces helplessness and hopelessness
Loss of energy ⇔ Loss of motivation, ideals, and hope
Leads to anxiety disorders ⇔ Leads to detachment and depression
Primary damage is physical ⇔ Primary damgae is emotional
May kill you prematurely ⇔ May make life seem not worth living
(Stress and Burnout in Ministry)
Burnout is NOT a condition that gets better by being ignored...... NOR is it any kind of disgrace.
Assessments, evaluations, stress profiles and new strategies for the way forward necessary!
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