Definitions of Burnout

Burnout may be the result of excessive stress, but it isn’t the same as too much stress. Stress is about when you feel like the negatives are too much, but you still see the light at the end of the tunnel. When you are in burnout, there’s no light. No tunnel. Just endless darkness and emptiness.

Burnout= A state of physical and emotional exhaustion caused by excessive or prolonged stress

‘When you are working in situations of chronic imbalance in which the job demands more than you can give and provides less than you need, you feel overworked, undervalued, and no longer in control of the job you do.’ -Christine Maslach & Michael Leiter, The Truth about Burnout

“People feel drained and used up”-C. Maslach

‘The part of us that wants to burn on with the fire of life, love, passion, challenge and it (burnout) describes our devastation when that fire seems to have burnt itself out.’ -Dr. Dina Glouberman, The Joy of Burnout

‘Equally dangerous (to burnout) is chronic boredom and consistently feeling that you’re underutilized or undervalued at work or lacking the opportunity to stretch your mind-body muscles in a meaningful way. Such a state gradually leads to smoldering anger, depression, or burnout just as out-of-control overwork does.’ -Mark Gorkin, Practicing Safe Stress