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WHO or the World Health Organization Just Announced Burnout As An Actual Medical Condition

WHO – World Health Organization recently announced that “burnout” – a form of exhaustion – is now considered an actual medical diagnosis.

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Burnout commonly occur to working adults, this can be brought by the pile-up of workloads and too much emotionally demanding work environment.

In a previous report, the Philipine senate recently approved the bill proposing shorter working days for employees.

Although burnout could common in the workplace, here are the things you need to know about burnout and how to alleviate its negative effects:

Refer to this list to self-assess your condition and know if you’re having a burnout.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL STRESS, signs to look for:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Forgetfulness
  • Chest pains
  • Weak immune system
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger

Cynicism and Detachment, signs to look for:

  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Pessimism/Negativity
  • Isolation/Aloofness
  • Detachment (from social connections/settings)
  • Ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment
  • Feeling of hopelessness
  • Increased irritability
  • Lack of productivity
  • Poor performance at work

Reference: Psychology Today

This is based on an article from Kami.

In a circumstance where you already have these symptoms, here are the things you can do to help alleviate the negative effects:

  • Reach out to those closest to you
  • Be more sociable with your coworkers
  • Limit your contact with negative people
  • Connect with a cause or a community group that is personally meaningful to you
  • Find new friends

Reference: HelpGuide

Burnout is basically caused by too much stress and pressure in the workplace, so the best way to avoid it still cannot be identified since there different natures of work in different environments.

What should really be avoided is engaging in self-harming activities and treating another person/being as an outlet to express all of your suppressed stress and ending up harming them.

That is all there is to it, at least for now. We’ll post updates as soon as we got them.

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