Stress Or Burnout, Knowing The Difference

92296_the_stress_ This really is a good question, many times we think we are stressed out because we have too many demands on us when actually we are suffering from burnout.

I always thought the two were pretty much the same thing until I realized once when I thought I was stressed out that it was really burnout.  The way I figured it out was that when I am stressed I can still move forward by pulling myself up by the “boot straps” realizing that whatever is causing the stress is just temporary and once I get through it, things will be better.  When you are suffering from stress you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

It is quite different when you are suffering from burnout, there is no light, the tunnel is very dark and mostly you really don’t care.  Picking yourself up is extremely difficult and may require some help from others.  If it is your job that is causing your burnout it will eventually flow over into your personal life, and if it is your personal life it will creep into your work life. It can be a terrible cycle.

Below is an excellent educational link with information about preventing burnout.  I hope you take the time to read it through as it has a lot of good information that may help you or someone you know from struggling with burnout.  The sooner you deal with burnout the quicker you can began to bounce back and take a hold of your life.

The Helpguide (link below) states that you need to deal with burnout by using the “Three “R” Approach”

(1) Recognize – Watch for the warning signs of burnout.

(2) Reverse – Undo the damage by managing stress and seeing support.

(3) Resilience – Build your resilience to stress by taking care of your physical and emotional health

Three great points to remember and there are many more burnout prevention tips on this site just follow the link below.

Helpguide on Burnout

8/5/14

7 thoughts on “Stress Or Burnout, Knowing The Difference

    • MBN..this is just a blog topic and I for sure am not in burnout mode. I have been there before and these are lessons learned from it. Managers need to be aware of signs of burnout so they can step in and help their staff. I think we all need to keep the awareness that burnout is possible and many times we fail to recognize the symptoms. Thanks for your comment and concern.

  1. Important topic Tina. Good post. Underscores the importance of a certain level of balance, of exercise, and finding other methods of release (meditation, children, movies, a walk, hobbies, blogging!)…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s