What is Burnout Syndrome?

What is Burnout Syndrome?
Malin Andersson
30 May 2024
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Burnout Syndrome is a psychological condition that results from extreme stress, usually due to a heavy and continuous workload. 


The term "Burnout" comes from English and means "burning out", which symbolizes the complete physical and mental exhaustion experienced by individuals in highly demanding work environments. This level of exhaustion significantly hinders a person's ability to carry out everyday tasks, including work responsibilities. Therefore, Burnout is seen as a complex response to situations of prolonged or chronic work-related stress.


9 Signs that you may be suffering from Burnout


1. Experiencing difficulty in performing requested tasks

2. Feeling excessive pressure from managers

3. Having an excessive workload

4. Encountering a poor social environment among colleagues and managers

5. Suffering from psychological and physical violence in the workplace

6. Missing work regularly

7. Consistently arriving late for work

8. Regularly leaving work early

9. Lacking motivation to go to work


What are the causes of Burnout?


The origin of burnout is related to sources of stress inherent to professional activity, organizational factors, and personal factors. Factors such as increasing competitiveness in work environments, inappropriate pressures that may include mismatches in the roles performed, task overload, or sudden changes in working hours, in addition to an intense work routine full of risks, are significant contributors to the development of this syndrome.


Additionally, a negative organizational climate, marked by problematic relationships between colleagues and superiors, as well as personal issues, can aggravate the risk of burnout. Therefore, maintaining a healthy balance between professional and personal spheres is a key element in preventing burnout. This highlights the importance of stress management strategies and an organizational culture that promotes employee well-being.


11 Most Common Symptoms of Burnout


1. Constant feeling of tiredness

2. Changes in appetite

3. Demotivation and apathy

4. Changes in sleep patterns

5. Fragility of the immune system

6. Headaches, lower back pain, and muscle pain

7. Feelings of worthlessness

8. Feeling of failure

9. Social isolation

10. Low productivity

11. Decreased sense of professional fulfillment


Burnout Treatment at CW1


In cases of burnout, treatment is multifaceted and requires an integrated approach that considers both working conditions and the individual’s emotional needs. In the most serious situations, it may be necessary to temporarily leave the workplace, a process known as psychological leave or medical leave for mental health reasons. This period of separation allows the individual to distance themselves from sources of stress and dedicate the necessary time to regain their emotional balance.


Our Therapeutic Program for Treating Burnout

Our process involves our medical doctor and psychologist assisting the employee when they are experiencing burnout. Our therapeutic program for treating burnout is structured into several stages to ensure holistic and personalized care:


1.Initial Assessment and Diagnosis

Initial Consultation: A detailed history to understand your personal and professional history and specific symptoms.
Standardized Questionnaires: We use assessment tools to identify and measure the severity of burnout.


 2. Psychoeducation

Clarifying Information: We provide clear information about what burnout is, its causes, symptoms, and impacts.
Self-Care Strategies: We provide guidance on the importance of adequate sleep, a balanced diet, and physical exercise.

3. Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques

Mindfulness Meditation: We teach techniques to stay focused on the present and reduce reactivity to stress.
Relaxation Exercises: We include breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided visualization.


4. Intervention in the Work Environment

Environmental Analysis: We evaluate the stressors in your workplace and help develop strategies to mitigate them.
Assertive Communication: We train effective and assertive communication techniques to improve your working relationships and request management.

5. Reassessment and Monitoring

Continuous Monitoring: We regularly assess your progress and adjust interventions as needed.
Relapse Prevention: We develop a maintenance plan to prevent relapse and promote long-term resilience.


Our goal is to provide personalized treatment that addresses all dimensions of burnout, helping you regain your emotional balance, improve your mental health, and achieve a more satisfying and balanced life. To find out more about our services or schedule a consultation, contact us at care@cw1.com. We are here to help you rediscover well-being and happiness in your life.


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