Overworked, underappreciated and tired of being tired – anyone who’s ever had a job has probably felt like this at one point or another. But you could be suffering from burnout – chronic work stress that hasn’t been managed.
“It’s characterised by three dimensions: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Our jobs might be precious – especially in a country like South Africa where unemployment is rampant. But if we don’t recognise and manage burnout, we could find ourselves incapable of doing the work our lives depend on.