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  • Writer's pictureRashidi Kabamba

Job Burnout

"Burnout is nature's way of telling you, you've been going through the motions your soul has departed." - Sam Keen

"Let it burn, yea let it burn, got to let it burn!" These lyrics by Usher is the burn that we hope to have, but instead individuals in the workplace are feeling the exact contrary. Burnout is a plague which has been affecting the minds and bodies of many working professionals in the community and all over the world!! In my earlier blog posts, I spoke about solving customer issues and problems as a way to gain customers and make an impact with your business's service or product. Therefore, since at RKease Inc. we create stress management workshops to alleviate stressors, I might as well talk about one of the main problems that I am trying to solve which is burnout. ,


According to Mayo Clinic, job burnout is "a special type of work related stress - a state of physical and emotional exhaustion that involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity." Many people go through burnout because what we spoke about in my previous blog, "stress". To reference from the last blog, "stress" according to Hans Seyle is tension. Stress is the neurological and physiological shift that happens when your body is threatened to lose equilibrium or homeostasis. There are many factors which contribute to burnout in the workplace, such as overload in work demands, poor workplace culture, miss-match in values or job fit, extreme levels of activities, etc. All of these factors affect the psyche of the working class and if not taken care of it will result in many burnout cases. Also there are various symptoms which arise that are signs to know when someone is burning out, such as lack of energy, physical health issues, mental health issues, disengagement, and feeling of isolation.

Despite, the negativity there is hope to overcome burnout and manage your stress so that you are able to be more productive. Below is a list of activities you can do as well as their benefits.

  • Sleep

  • Walking in nature

  • Meditate

  • Get more exercise

  • Give to "others"

  • Exercise Regularly

  • Practice relaxation techniques, such as qigong, tai-chi, and deep breathing techniques

  • Journal

  • Practice Gratitude

All of these activities can be utilised in order to prevent burnout and help you become more productive in your work and life. The best thing about these activities is that you can choose the best one for you and consistently do it over a course of time, you will see immediate results. At RKease, we are going to be working on deep breathing exercises, as a relaxation technique in order to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which reduces your stress and stimulates rest and digestion within your body. Also it helps you be more creative and imaginative which is beneficial in work, life, and in business.

Burnout is a rising issue in the economy today and without the proper precautions someone can fall victim to it, therefore it's important to prioritise self-care in order to become more efficient, safe, and sound! As the saying goes, prevention is the best medicine! Hope you enjoyed the blog, stay tuned for the next one, peace!!

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