• Alex Koen

Are we the Burnout Generation?

Recently listening to the amazing Anne Helen Petersen and her take on the #BurnoutGeneration while on my commute in and around Singapore, I found myself resonating with this brilliant 1 hour and 47 minutes listen and free if you sign up with #Audible (Click Here).

We are living in a what can be referred to as the Burnout Generation, where the stressors and burnout of career family and social, political, and environmental expectations can be high. I work with this personally in my own life, but also have seen an increase in burnout when seeing clients with stress, low mood and a general sense of unease - not being able to wake up and get the day started. Burnout sometimes brings with it shame, fear of failure and could still very well be stigmatised.

What is Burnout? “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:

  1. Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;

  2. Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and

  3. Reduced professional efficacy.

  4. Burnout refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.” (Read more...)