Preventing Burnout- Causes of Burnout

If you’ve been reading this week, you know that burnout has been the topic.  When talking about burnout, most people immediately think of their jobs.  You may feel undervalued, overworked, and unappreciated.  Maybe you have worked 60-70 hour work weeks for the past 2 years with no raises or vacations-and no one seems to care! However, burnout can come from many different places-our jobs, our social engagements, commitments, and even our personalities can cause us to feel burned out.  In addition, how you use your downtime and choose to have “me” time can be contributing to burnout.  If you are filling every waking moment with commitments and responsibilities, you are going to get easily burned out on life.  Here are some of the more common causes of burnout:

Work-related burnout:

  • No control over your work
  • Lack of recognition or reward
  • Demanding/unrealistic expectations
  • Work that does not challenge
  • Chaotic or high-pressure environment
  • Negative coworkers, bosses that don’t care

Lifestyle burnout:

  • Working too much with no downtime
  • Being too many things to too many people
  • Taking on too many responsibilities
  • Lack of sleep
  • Lack of close, supportive relationships

Personality burnout:

  • Perfectionist
  • Never asking for help
  • Looking at the inability to balance it all as a weakness
  • Pessimistic view of yourself and the world
  • Need to be in control
  • Type A personality

If you see yourself in any of the above, I would encourage you to consider making some changes.  Maybe it’s time for a new job, or time to start carving out more “me” time.  Maybe you need to cut back on some of your social engagements or responsibilities.  Maybe it’s time to start setting some boundaries and saying “no” more often.

Keep reading this week as we talk more about burnout, the symptoms, and prevention.

Source: “Preventing Burnout”


Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group.  Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling.  Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.