Defining burnout

ZS Archives | Defining burnout

The phenomenon of burnout plaguing our South African society in the workplace, schools, and homes can be defined as chronic stress. It stems from constant anxiety and it leaves you feeling emotionally and physically exhausted. It is so much more than general tiredness. Burnout is that feeling that you have absolutely nothing left to give either mentally, emotionally, or physically. And it could affect all areas of your life.

You can’t work when you’re falling sick all the time. You can’t consume knowledge when you’re not resting your mind or following a nutritious diet. You can’t be a good, present parent when you’re depressed and anxious all the time. And this is why it’s so important to be aware of the warning signals of burnout, so that you can put on the brakes before it’s too late.

The tell-tale signs of burnout include a lack of concentration, forgetfulness and chronic fatigue.

However, other symptoms relating to burnout might consist of:


  • Trouble sleeping
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Feelings of anger and irritability
  • Feelings of isolation
  • No longer finding enjoyment in previously pleasurable activities
  • Detachment from people and things

Aug 10, 2021

Dealing with burnout during 2021

Looking back at the pandemic’s past effects and the uncertainty of the future, for many, a feeling of exhaustion, combined with stress, starts to set in. […]