What You Should Know About Occupational Burnout



Singaporeans are known to be hard working but time will come that you will experience occupational burnout. Others call it job burnout. Whatever you want to call it, the nature doesn’t change – it can affect your happiness and eventually your health. Job stress is normal but if it leaves you in a state of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion, that is the time that you have to be alarmed.


Occupational burnout can affect your health in the long run so it is important that you know things about it so you can prevent it from destroying your health, your disposition and the relationship around you. Here are some things that you need to know about it:


Before things get out of hand, it is important that you know the signs before it take a toll on your health. You have to ask yourself some questions like do you feel lack of energy to be steadily productive? Do you lack satisfaction from all your present and past achievements? Do you suffer from unexplained backaches, headaches and other pains? More importantly, have you become sceptical about work?

If you answered yes to all, then you are enduring occupational burnout.



Occupational burnout just do not happen instantly. It is already there but you choose to ignore it thereby aggravating it. The causes depend on different factors. Causes include unclear expectations, job mismatch, work-life imbalance, lack of support, dysfunctional workplace and many more. It is important that you identify the cause so you can work on improving it.


It will not progress to occupational burnout if at first you already addressed the issue. You continuously ignore the signs and just act surprised when it has aggravated. You should remember that if ignored and left unattended, it can lead to serious consequences. Some consequences include obesity, stroke, fatigue, excessive stress, insomnia, depression, anxiety, heart disease, substance or alcohol abuse and many more.

Taking action

This should be enough to fetch your concern. It is crucial that you take action and you can start by identifying then managing the stressors that caused the burnout. After that, you have evaluate all your options, adjust your attitude and more importantly, seek support from the people around. If you are hesitant to discuss it to your boss, you can talk with co-workers, friends, family and if you still need more support, you can ask the help of doctors.

Do not forget to sleep at least eight hours a day, eat healthy foods and do some exercise – it will surely make things better.


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