Mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.

My topic of interest is burnout. We have been experiencing a higher call volume of clients wanting sick notes to get them time out of work. They have more commonly been open to expressing feelings regarding their mental state, depression, and just not wanting or feeling like they can get out of bed, or do their own work. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of reported mental health issues, with increasing symptoms of burnout, which manifest itself in workplace absenteeism and loss of productivity.

“Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest and motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place. Burnout reduces productivity and saps your energy, leaving you feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Eventually, you may feel like you have nothing more to give. The negative effects of burnout spill over into every area of life—including your home, work, and social life. Burnout can also cause long-term changes to your body that make you vulnerable to illnesses like colds and flu. Because of its many consequences, it’s important to deal with burnout right away” (Smith et al., 2021).

Smith, M., Segal, J., & Robinson, L. (2021, October 5). Burnout Prevention and Treatment. HelpGuide.org. Retrieved from https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/burnout-prevention-and-recovery.htm

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