Do you feel burnt out? These are the four questions to ask yourself to find out

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More people are suffering the effects of burnout than ever before.

And now the Practitioner Health Programme has revealed the four questions you need to ask yourself to found out if you’re a victim. 

It is such a pressing issue that the World Health Organisation has officially labelled it as an ‘occupational phenomenon’ to better reflect that it’s a syndrome caused by chronic stress.

Burnout will become globally recognised in 2022, giving healthcare providers and the ability to treat it.  

With a society that is constantly ‘on’ thanks to the internet and mobile phones, it’s becoming harder and harder for people to switch off.  

If you think you might be suffering burnout you need to ask yourself certain questions, like whether anyone has asked you to cut down your work, or if you are feeling angry or resentful about your daily tasks. 

The questions, which are listed below, are designed to help you recognise and identify early signs of burnout so that you can begin to reverse the effects, and avoid further setbacks in the future.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has also developed an online questionnaire for medical practitioners that helps them to determine whether they are feeling any of the symptoms associated with burnout. 

This includes a series of statements about your day-to-day moods and feelings, which can be answered using four options: ‘strongly agree’, ‘agree’, ‘disagree’, and ‘strongly disagree’. 

It features varying statements such as, ‘I find my work to be a positive challenge,’ and ‘During my work, I often feel emotionally drained.’

Other ways to know if you’re suffering from burnout is by paying attention to the newly listed symptoms – which are both physical and mental.

According to BJA Education, ‘physical symptoms may include non-cardiac chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, bowel upset, dizziness, and headaches’.  

Other symptoms include energy depletion or exhaustion and increased mental distance from one’s job or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job. 

It is important to also pay attention to whether you are experiencing reduced professional efficacy, as this is another sign that you could be heading towards a burnout. 

BJA Education also points out that there are differences between ‘stress’ and ‘burnout’, noting that – while the symptoms are similar – there are key things to look out for when trying to identify the condition. 

For example, a person who is stressed might find themselves suffering from a loss of energy, while also experiencing overactive emotions. Meanwhile, someone who is experiencing a burn out will likely deal with blunted emotions and a loss of motivation. 

Previously The Thinkergirls spoke to Australian doctor Sam Hay who discussed the three most common signs of burnout, which are similar.

‘A burn out is really common and I do start to see it more around this time of the year – this seasonal depression that you go through where people find that their mood does drop to the point of clinical depression through winter,’ Dr Hay said. 

According to Dr Hay, the first sign of a burn out is poor sleep, the second is a lack of motivation and concentration in the workplace and the third is a short temper.  

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