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Possible Causes of Burnout

Burnout can result from various factors, including:

  • Feeling like you have little or no control over your work - such as your schedule, assignments or workload: This could lead to job burnout and you might feel like you have a lack of the resources you need to do your work.
  • Unclear or overly demanding job expectations: If you're unclear about the degree of authority you have or what your supervisor or others expect from you, you're not likely to feel comfortable at work.
  • Dysfunctional workplace dynamics: Perhaps you work with an office bully, or you feel undermined by colleagues or your boss micromanages your work. This can contribute to job stress.
  • Doing work that’s monotonous or unchallenging: When a job is monotonous or chaotic, you need constant energy to remain focused — which can lead to fatigue and job burnout.
  • Lack of recognition or reward for good work: If you feel that the value of your work is not seen and you lose your sense of purpose and meaning.
  • Lack of integration of your work and personal life: If your work takes up so much of your time and effort that you don't have the energy to spend time with your family and friends, you might burn out quickly.

Other Individual Factors that Play a Critical Role

Other factors may create the right context for burnout, including your lifestyle and personality traits. In fact, what you do in your downtime and how you look at the world can play just as big of a role in causing overwhelming stress as work or home demands.

Lifestyle factors:

  • Working too much, without enough time for socializing or/and relaxing – recovery time
  • Lack of close, supportive relationships
  • Talking on too many responsibilities, without enough help from others you have expectations from
  • Not getting enough sleep

Personality traits:

  • Perfectionistic tendencies - nothing is ever good enough 
  • Pessimistic view of yourself and the world 
  • The need to be in control – reluctance to delegate to others 
  • High-achieving expectation for self 

If this sounds like you, consider what steps you can take to combat burnout.  Some helpful tips are here. Be well.

Resources: Burnout Prevention and Treatment - HelpGuide.org