So, burnout affects so many people.
It's really common, but we really don't talk
about it that much.
So, let's start off with what is burnout
and what does it look like?
Burnout is the result of long-term stress
and what it does is it manifests as profound physical,
mental, or emotional exhaustion.
Now, stress can be a good thing.
It can help us motivate through, you know,
a difficult presentation or a challenging work day.
But actually, if there's too much of it,
or if it goes on for too long, it can be really damaging.
And it can present as symptoms, you know,
as broad as difficulty concentrating, forgetting things,
you know, or even behavioural issues such as being snappy,
problems with your sleep, changes in your eating pattern.
And the reason why it's important to address it early
is if it goes unchecked, then it can increase the risk
of developing physical problems like high blood pressure,
cardiovascular disease, but also, you know,
behavioural challenges like anxiety, even depression,
as well as, of course, the consequences
of attempted coping mechanisms
such as drugs, alcohol, smoking, et cetera.
Yeah, can really impact on relationships
as well, can't it? Yeah.
So, relationships in the home, your partner,
at work, your friends, and you might find yourself
just not doing the things that you used to enjoy.
It can affect your sex drive. Yeah.
So many different things. Yeah.
What would you say
are the biggest contributors to burnout?
Yeah, I think the young
It's a very busy time in their lives.
They're trying to establish a career.
They're often trying to tackle job insecurity,
looking to that next promotion.
And so, that means it's very difficult to balance it
with their personal, you know, romantic and friendship.
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priorities as well. Which is also very important
at that age, yeah. Really important
to have both. Mm-hmm.
And so, I think to be able
to juggle all of those simultaneously
can mean that you quickly become overwhelmed
with those stresses.
So, what can people do then
to combat this stress
and prevent it leading to burnout?
So, firstly, it's about going back
to basics. Mm-hmm.
So, it's about eating a really varied diet,
making sure that you're getting, you know,
seven to eight hours of sleep a night,
and making sure that you are exercising, ideally daily,
getting 30 minutes of sunlight every day.
Really important if you're working from home
and not able to get out.
And then, it's about leaning into your peer network.
So, if you are struggling,
let somebody at your work know,
let your family and friends know
because actually they may be able to provide you
with more support and advice than you knew was possible.
And there's an element of planning
as well, isn't there?
'Cause I think we take on so much, we say yes to things,
plus we want to have a social life,
and we're trying to have it all.
And actually, if you sort of figure out
and do some prioritising
and also state what are your non-negotiables,
if you need 15 minutes a day,
every day of exercise to feel good,
then make sure you get that, put it at the top of your list.
Even if it means interrupting your work day to get it,
it's about prioritising the things
that are important for you.
You make such a good point, Zoe.
You know, we have to remember that in this particular group
that presenteeism, so being present at work
when really you should take some time out
is as big a problem as absenteeism,
so taking time off work.
So, actually, if that means saying,
actually, I'm going to take the next call
as a working call and I'm gonna walk outside,
take the call at the same time
just so that I can balance it.
Or actually saying, actually, I'm gonna take an hour
in the middle of the day to be able to have some self care,
then that's definitely worth it.
Some really helpful things there that people can do.
Is there anything that we should avoid doing?
Yeah, and I think, actually the things
that you don't do is almost as important
as the things that you do do.
So, important for people to remember
that they don't need to do everything all at the same time.
So, actually, prioritising what you can say no to,
and what can wait until later is vital.
Also worth thinking about what's within the realm
of your influence and what's outside it, so what-
Letting some things go.
Yeah, and what things
can you change as well?
You know, what things are you able to make small changes to
and what can you have, you know, no prospect of changing.
So that allows you to kind of prioritise
those worries a bit more.
I think, finally, it's really important
to think about those unhealthy coping mechanisms and that's,
we often think about that as, you know
takeaways or staying up late watching TV, right?
But also things like alcohol, smoking,
recreational drugs, gambling,
which I think lots of people use as coping mechanisms
but if they go unchecked, particularly with the anxiety,
then they can become really entrenched
and actually harder to change.
And if people are putting those things in place,
but actually recognising
that their stress levels are very high,
and you know, burnout is a risk,
where can they go for additional support?
So, I'd really recommend
that people reach out to their GP sooner rather than later.
The GP might be in a good position
to be able to talk through what's going on
and to be able to potentially exclude other causes
of your symptoms. Yeah.
And I think the GP is a good place to start
because actually they can talk you through
some of those conservative measures
and also refer you for things like talking therapy,
which might be really helpful
as well as providing kind of signposting
to one with services
if that's necessary. Yeah.