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Feeling exhausted, apathetic, and demoralized? Burnout might be the culprit

Burnout is a state of chronic physical and emotional exhaustion that results from prolonged exposure to stress, particularly work-related stress. It is characterized by a sense of overwhelming exhaustion, cynicism or detachment from work, and a decrease in personal effectiveness or accomplishment. Burnout can affect various aspects of a person's life, including their work, relationships, and overall well-being.​

The three main dimensions of burnout are:​

1. Exhaustion: This is the central feature of burnout and involves feeling drained physically, emotionally, and mentally. People experiencing exhaustion may find it challenging to get motivated or find enjoyment in their work or daily activities.

2. Cynicism or depersonalization: This dimension of burnout involves developing negative attitudes or feelings of detachment toward one's work, colleagues, or clients. People experiencing cynicism may exhibit a more distant or callous approach in their interactions, losing their sense of empathy and compassion.

3. Reduced personal accomplishment: Burnout can lead to a decreased sense of productivity and effectiveness. Individuals may feel unfulfilled, experience self-doubt, and perceive their work as less meaningful or impactful.

Burnout often occurs in high-stress environments where individuals have intense workloads, face high expectations, experience little control or autonomy, and have limited social support. Factors contributing to burnout can include long working hours, a lack of work-life balance, unclear job expectations, a lack of control over one's work, and a mismatch between personal values and the organization's values.
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