Burnout: What it is and How to Cope


We’ve all been there.

Perhaps, you’re suffering from it right now.

Burnout is very real, and many of us struggle with coping with this. But, there are ways for you to deal with burnout.

If you’re not sure what burnout is then continue reading. If you know what it is and need help with coping with it, then look no further.

What is Burnout?

Burnout is a feeling where you’re not in control. Perhaps it’s because you’re working too long, or you’re doing too much, but burnout is the feeling of prolonged exhaustion eating away at you. This can affect everything from weight control to even how you face responsibilities.

Every person feels this when they’re working on something and fail to take a break every now and then. They can face burnout, including a bunch of mental and physical issues that come with it.

The Symptoms of Burnout

Burnout comes with specific symptoms that are different for everyone.

Most notably, they include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn
  • GI issues
  • Weight gain
  • Alcohol and drug misuse
  • Emotional eating and overconsumption
  • Irritability and anger

If you feel exhausted, or even dread work, then chances are, you’re experiencing some form of burnout, and it’s time for you to take a break somewhere.

You may be reading this and think you’re just stressed. In a way, burnout is kind of a form of stress, but stress is a short-term condition, whereas burnout feels like it’s a long-term problem that can’t be fixed.

Stress is tied more to specific goals, and if it isn’t long-term, it’s nowhere near as harmful. On the flip side, if you feel like it’s not ending whatsoever, or you feel empty and apathetic, or even hopeless, that’s a sign you might be burnt out.

How to Cope with Burnout

Burnout is something that you need to take care of. It isn’t healthy for you.

There are a few things that you can do in order to cope with burnout.  The first, is engage in self-care. Even just washing your face every night before you go to bed and every day is a good way to take care of yourself.

Don’t be afraid to take breaks and engage in hobbies. While mentally it might make you feel guilty, it is healthy for you to do, and something worthwhile. Burnout where you don’t do anything for yourself isn’t healthy for you.  Consider investing time and energy into a hobby, especially something which is different from what you normally do.

If you haven’t already, consider seeking out help.  Maybe there’s something deeper mentally happening to you, and you need to talk to someone. You can go to in order to get the help that you need, and learn to discover a few things about yourself that you want to.

Burnout is never fun, and it can be a bit hard on you. But by taking care of yourself, and engaging in activities that help with it, it can make the feeling less severe, and it can be easier on you as well.

Marie Miguel

Marie Miguel

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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