The Six Stages Of Burnout

Updated: Oct 5

There has been a lot of talk about burnout, but what is it really? 

Burnout is physical, mental and emotional exhaustion stemming from prolonged stress. 

That's what it means in a nutshell.

Burnout can change everything.

The way our bodies digests, fights off illnesses, the way we communicate with people and the way we view ourselves.

On top of that, it changes our cognitive function as well as drain us emotionally, making it easy for us to either disengage or become increasingly more frustrated.

Burnout is becoming the number one issue to tackle within the workplace.

Before I get too heavy, let's cover something off really quickly. This stress does NOT have to be negative. What?!  

I know, I know. I'm hearing you now ask yourself "if the stress doesn't start off as a negative how can it be so detrimental?" 

I will absolutely answer this in Stage One Of Burnout. 

Before I start, I also wanted to share some really concerning statistics about burnout. 

From a recent Gallup study of 7,500 employees, they found that 23% of those full-time employees have felt burnt out very often. 

On top that, 44% also mentioned they felt burnt out sometimes. 

These were pre-pandemic statistics.