It is clear that corona is causing a difficult time for everyone. We have to work from home en masse. And that is not at all as nice as you might think. Working from home causes too much work pressure for many companies. Add to that the stress and uncertainty about your finances, or your health and the health of your loved ones, and you might be facing a burnout. Be careful if you have any of these symptoms.
More than 20% of people are at risk of having to take time off work due to a burnout. This has emerged from a new Dutch study by the National Center for Prevention of Stress and Burn-Out (NCPSB). The research shows that more than half of the Dutch working population are on the verge of burnout. Although this was a small-scale study, according to the NCPSB, the test method has an important predictive value: “It not only registers the already observable symptoms of a burnout. The indicators that suggest an upcoming burnout are also measured and included in the research results.”
The NCPSB also conducted this investigation a year ago. Then, 17 percent of workers had encountered a burnout. Still a high percentage, but a small number compared to this year’s 56 percent. This shows that the corona crisis has had a major impact. Last month, a survey by the CNV union showed that one in three workers are experiencing a higher workload than ever before.
Symptoms of a burnout
Many people who are on the verge of being overwrought do not realize this. It is therefore important to know what the symptoms of a burnout are, because these are quite a few. Not only are there mental symptoms, but physical problems are also common. Read the next page for signs that can indicate a burnout.
When you’re completely overwhelmed by work, it makes sense that you don’t feel like doing anything, and prefer to lie lazily on the couch at home. Still, there are other symptoms that can indicate that burnout is lurking.
- Mental fatigue
- Mood swings
- Unable to concentrate
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Difficulty remembering things
- Feeling insecure
- Low self-esteem
If you are exhausted, your overall physical health may suffer. This is surprising for many people, because we usually think stress is something mental. Yet, stress also causes a lot of muscle tension, which can cause a number of other problems.
- Fatigue and sleep problems
- Muscle strain
- Intestinal problems
- High heart rate
- Fast breathing
If you recognize these symptoms, you could be on the verge of a burnout. If so, it is important that you do not keep working at the same pace. Seek support. It can be difficult to raise this directly with your employer. That is why your doctor can be a good first point of contact.