Burnout syndrome

What is burnout syndrome?

From Vitae Health Innovation, we want to help you with the start of the year! As health artisans, our purpose this year is to continue offering solutions to your daily problems. After going back to routine, stress and mental fatigue can appear. Therefore,  we are going to talk about the term burnout in this article

What is burnout syndrome and what are the symptoms?

Burnout syndrome is a state in which physical, emotional and mental exhaustion appears, related to the workplace, the stress that work can cause and how each one of us faces work related situations. In fact, the WHO has incorporated this term into the latest update of the International Classification of Diseases as a work-related problem.

First of all, it would be important to know how to differentiate stress and burnout, since they may seem the same, but they are not. According to Iván Fernández Suárez, professor of the +Master in Occupational Risk Prevention at the International University of La Rioja (UNIR): “stress is not always negative; On many occasions, it allows us to be more effective, react better, perform better… On the other hand, the burnout syndrome , which is a continuous imbalance between the physical and mental demands and capacities of the organism, is always negative.”

Some of the symptoms that one can experience when suffering from burnout are:

  • Feeling exhausted, failed and helpless.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Little personal fulfillment.
  • Permanent state of nervousness.
  • Difficult to focus.
  • Aggressive behaviors.
  • Headache.
  • Insomnia.
  • Low performance.
  • Work absenteeism.
  • Impatience and irritability.
  • Poor communication

What are the causes of burnout syndrome?

Regarding the causes of why someone suffers from burnout syndrome , according to Toni Corominas, member of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Cluster of Catalonia and director of the Mental Health Chair at the University of Vic, highlights three points : “ On one hand, there is an emotional and physical fatigue, like a feeling of burden and exhaustion in the face of the demands of the task; there is also a depersonalization, so that the work is done in a cold and impersonal way because that person does not feel comfortable with his role; and, thirdly, there is a lack of personal fulfillment at work”.

So, how could this situation be prevented? First of all, make significant changes to your lifestyle. Carry out new activities that become part of your day to day, for example:

  • Modify your expectations, looking for an intermediate point in your ambitions and aspirations that adjust to reality.
  • If you recognize that there is a problem, ask for help and establish an assertive conversation with your superiors or colleagues to analyze what is happening.
  • Once your workday is over, disconnect from everything related to work.
  • Invest time in yourself, in your physical and mental health. For example, practice some sport at least twice a week.
  • At lunchtime, don’t do it at your workplace, find a different place to do it, that will make you clear up better.
  • Take active breaks, doing exercises that allow you to feel better.
  • Think if you really are in the right job, the symptoms you may have may be because of that.

In addition, the consumption of products with ingredients such as the synergy of the NADH and Q10 coenzymes that lead to the production of cellular energy or ATP (Krebs Cycle), can improve the symptoms of fatigue at a physical, cognitive and psychosocial level. Serine (key amino acid in communication between nerve cells) and vitamin C contribute to the reduction of physical fatigue and also help to balance mood, by increasing energy production at the mitochondrial level. The synergy of these nutrients makes obtaining energy at the cellular level immediate.

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You want to know more?

We leave you a link with an article about the lack of energy and burnout that greatly affects all health personnel, especially doctors and nurses: Science Direct Article


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