High achievers are task orientated – generally on a quest to succeed and to be their best. They strive to complete many tasks throughout the day and often spread themselves thin while trying to multitask. They can be very hard on themselves – endlessly pushing and driving themselves to succeed.
Burnout is not often discussed openly. Burnout is a dirty word to the high achiever who may be unwilling to admit or be unable to understand the impact of burnout or identify if they are at risk.
What is burnout?
Burnout is a term used when your body, mind and soul slow down due to overworking and high levels of prolonged stress. People suffering from burnout may experience physical or mental collapse and fatigue. Common signs and symptoms of burnout include:
- no longer having the energy to
- complete tasks
- feeling run down and drained of
- physical or emotional energy
- hearing yourself saying ‘I don’t have the time’
- losing interest in your goals
- feeling frequently tired and fatigued
- feeling overwhelmed
- increase in stress levels
- becoming easily irritated by small problems
- isolating yourself from friends and family
- feeling that you have no one to talk to
- feeling under an immense amount of pressure to succeed
- no longer believing you can juggle all the demands expected of you
- feeling that you are achieving less than you should be
- finding it hard to unwind and having difficulty sleeping
- working or training long hours, and
- taking work home.
Burnout can impact anyone – affecting around 27% of Australians – and is a global issue. In fact, burnout statistics are inaccurate as many people feel ashamed to seek support. People in professions that are centred around helping others are at greater risk of burnout, which can lead to what is called compassion fatigue.