Usually, feelings of burnout emerge over time gradually. People describe that their drive, enthusiasm, and motivation have reduced, and they feel worn out.
Working in the helping profession makes you more vulnerable to burnout due to gruelling rotas, low pay, lack of resources, or demanding work environments. It can be experienced alongside compassion fatigue or vicarious trauma and affect any profession. Many believe there is currently a burnout syndrome epidemic affecting those working in healthcare. There are lots of ways to care for yourself during your career to prevent you from reaching burnout.
Some signs that you might be experiencing burnout are:
- Reduced drive, enthusiasm, and motivation.
- Feeling physically, emotionally, and psychologically worn out.