What is burnout coaching?

Coined by the psychologist, Herbert Freudenberger in the 1970s, burnout describes a severe stress condition that leads to severe physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion, he describes the state of being burned out as “becoming exhausted by making excessive demands on energy, strength, or resources” in the workplace.

The World Health Organization’s most recent categorisation of burnout refers to burnout as “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”
Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by exposure to excessive amounts of stress. Some burnout triggers include prolonged and overwhelming workload, unclear job expectations and clarity around roles and responsibilities, emotionally exhausting and challenging work, lack of control over your work, insufficient communication and lack of support.

When burnout takes over your energy, balance, interest, ability to function, engagement, positive attitude, life purpose, commitment, personal wellbeing, motivation, productivity, concentration and drive all slowly start to disintegrate.
Your thoughts turn negative and are filled with hopelessness, disillusionment, you become joyless, disengaged, dethatched and pessimistic while showing signs of emotional and physical exhaustion, frustration, cynicism, physical fatigue, emotional numbness, poor mental weariness, loss of personal identity, while experiencing an enormous sense of depersonalisation, lack of or reduced sense of personal accomplishment and displaying signs of depression, anxiety, fatigue, ability to function well in the job, a general feeling of overwhelm, hopelessness an overall lack of positive emotions and motivation.
Burnout typically manifests when we take on more than we can handle and is the end result of countless hours, days, weeks, months, and years of struggling along only to find that the goal, that end result that was so important once upon a time, is still out of reach or no longer important.
When you fail to find the source of your imbalance or find an outlet that’s positive to help you deal with it, then it can lead to a host of problems that if go ignored or unaddressed can have significant health consequences, including:

  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Prolonged fatigue
  • Respiratory problems
  • Insomnia and sleep deprivation
  • Headaches
  • Sadness, anger or irritability
  • Musculoskeletal pain,
  • Alcohol or substance misuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Frequent illnesses

What is a burnout coach?

A burnout coach works by guiding and supporting their clients to prevent, manage or recharge and recover from burnout.
A burnout coach can assist their clients in three ways, firstly by recognising the symptoms in a timely manner which will prevent burnout from happening or, secondly stopping the burnout spreading further and, thirdly focusing on helping them in bouncing back to enjoying their work with pleasure and guiding them towards a happier and balanced life and an overall better wellbeing by building long term resilience.

Benefits from working with a burnout coach

Working with a burnout coach can have many benefits for individuals, some of the benefits from working with a burnout coach include:

  • Stopping burnout from occurring in the first place
  • Having a more balanced diet and exercise plan
  • Learning to develop better sleeping habits
  • Having more energy
  • Having a better appetite
  • Having self-care as part of your daily routine
  • Stopping burnout in its tracks
  • Introduction to effective techniques and stress trigger action plans
  • Provides support and collaboration to help you cope
  • Reduces the chances of the significant health consequences listed earlier
  • Elimination of anxiety and overwhelm
  • Increased resilient when challenges come your way
  • A happier, healthier and more balanced life and business
  • Restored positive mindset
  • Creation of long-term change in your thinking patterns and habits
  • A release of tension and stress
  • Increase in levels of confidence
  • Increase in energy levels
  • Increased productivity
  • Provides direction in life and a map for the path forward