Burnout is often called a disease of modern times and with the ongoing COVID 19 situation going around the world, people, especially the helping professionals are even more prone to it. Burnout can be described as a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. Burnout is often not recognized and detected until it is too late.
In the past, we have shared a post on the causes, effects, and suggestions for Nursing Burnout, where we discussed that the psychosocial phenomena associated with professional burnout are known collectively as compassion fatigue; these symptoms may include irritability, depression, mood swings, and self-isolation. In the absence of an intervention, someone suffering from compassion fatigue might develop a detached stance, losing their ability to form new emotional connections and to sustain existing ones.
Check out this video post to see the effects of burnout and steps that can be taken to prevent it on both personal and organizational levels.