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Everyone seems to be burned out, but what is Burnout?

This is just one of the questions I receive daily and you'll find the answer to this and many more Burnout FAQs below

Frequently Asked Burnout Questions



Burnout is chronic stress.  High levels of stress have been building up over a long period. Chronic Stress can cause several mental, emotional, and physical health conditions.

‘Burnout’ is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an ‘occupational phenomenon’.

While it is not a medical condition, it has been classified as a syndrome, meaning a collection of symptoms or signs associated with a specific health-related cause.

Burnout is a state of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. 

Whilst the WHO defined Burnout in 2019 as a workplace phenomenon, many of us who work in the field know that Burnout can impact more than just our work.

  • Feeling tired or drained most of the time
  • Feeling helpless, trapped and/or defeated
  • Feeling detached/alone in the world
  • Having a cynical/negative outlook
  • Self-doubt
  • Procrastinating and taking longer to get things done
  • Feeling overwhelmed

These symptoms can be signs of more than just Burnout.

If you are worried about your mental, emotional or physical health or believe you have Burnout, please contact your GP or a medical professional

Burnout isn’t something that goes away on its own.

Rather, it can worsen unless you address the underlying issues causing it. If you ignore the signs of burnout, it could cause further harm to your physical and mental health in the future.

You could also lose the ability and energy to effectively meet the demands of your job which could have knock-on effects on other areas of your life.


In short, no.

Burnout and depression can share similar physical symptoms, but they’re not the same.

Burnout can lead to a depressive episode, but depression does not cause burnout.

Burnout is not a mental health condition, but it can lead to mental health issues if it continues for a long period

Burnout and depression can have similar mental health impacts.

Physical symptoms of burnout may even resemble depression and anxiety, but these conditions are very different.

Depending on the severity it can week, months or even years to develop.

There's no definitive answer to this.

It can take months, years and in severe cases, you may never fully recover.

I always advise on breadcrumbing rather than directly telling them you think they're at Burnout.

By its nature, telling someone you think they are at Burnout could cause them to push harder, work harder, and reach more severe Burnout.

Perhaps pointing them toward podcasts, articles, the assessment above, or having a conversation about Burnout and why it's increasing.

Ideally, the sooner they can see the signs in themselves, the sooner they can seek medical support and get back on track

No.  Only a medical professional can diagnose Burnout.

I can however help you to identify the signs, symptoms and your risk of Burnout

I'm a trained and qualified Executive Coach, Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, Yoga Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Breathwork, and Pranayama Teacher and I also have certificates in Anatomy Physiology, and Neuroscience.

All of these allow me to work with Burnout Prevention and Recovery through understanding stress and Burnout and the impact on mental, emotional, and physical health.

Whilst I have several qualifications, I work specifically as a coach and will refer people directly to other professionals where necessary and right to do so.

Several factors cause Burnout as you will see in the HR Burnout Assessment Tool and several factors need to be in place to prevent Burnout on a personal and professional level.

Currently, toxic workplaces remain the number one cause of Burnout and by changing the world of work for the better, I believe we can eliminate Burnout.

For now, Burnout Prevention starts with you and the way you live and work, and the boundaries you put in place. all of which I can help you with.

Join the Burnout Revolution

Let's Banish Burnout for good


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