Burnout is a state of being regarding work. A person experiencing burnout has prolonged stress at their job that has led to a state of mental or physical exhaustion. They may also experience symptoms outside of work, such as being short-tempered or anxious, having trouble sleeping, and being preoccupied with thoughts about work or job stress.
Available Treatment Options
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a popular treatment for burnout. It focuses on helping people be more aware of their thoughts and how those thoughts affect feelings and behaviors. Therapist interventions also may include discovering the thought patterns that lead to anger or stress and finding coping mechanisms to relieve that stress. Mindfulness practices also may decrease stress and anxiety, while self-reflection can help people determine whether the job is right for them.