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What is the Meaning of Burnout | How to Recover From Burnout Symptoms

Learn what is the meaning of burnout! If you're struggling with how to recover from burnout or it's symptoms and are searching for help on recovery to treat or prevent Burnout, then this video should help you.

This weeks video is all about Burnout, something we need to discuss, raise awareness of and understand what we can do to help before it’s too late. I really hope you find the information in this video helpful and as always sending awesome vibes.

Here is the chapter index for the video incase you want to find the information you're looking for more efficiently,

00:00 Burnout Meaning

01:18 Burnout Symptoms

03:35 How to Recover From Burnout

05:36 Conclusion

06:06 Bloopers


Burnout is what happens when you try to avoid being a human for too long. Burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion cause by excessive and prolonged stress.

The term burnout was originally coined by nasa to describe a rocket which is out of fuel. Gravitational forces mean that i’s still moving but it’s essentially useless.


Not really, stress is a high energy state in which everything is go go go. It’s caused by a lack of control so your working harder and harder to meet demand.

Burnout on the other hand is a low energy state, you have ran out of energy to do anything, you’re going through motions and feel demotivated and you may feel your work is meaningless.


Burnout is characterised by 3 main features. Exhaustion and fatigue: the extreme fatigue felt by someone who has been stressed for a very long time. This can present as a complete inability to get out of bed or extreme lethargy. Your get-up-and-go has got-up-and gone!

Perceived or actual poor performance. People suffering from burnout often feel that their performance is suffering. If the burnout isn’t recognised and treated, perception often becomes a reality.

And Depersonalisation. This characteristically presents as cynicism and lack of empathy. So lets say for example you’re a healthcare professional - This may mean that you begin treating patients as ‘objects’.

These 3 features can lead to the many symptoms and signs of burnout; which include anxiety, insomnia, headaches, other physical illnesses, feelings of lack of purpose, little interest in work and a dread of going to work, among many others.


In burnout, the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis which releases cortisol is put into turmoil. Cortisol is one of the stress hormones released when we perceive a threat for example an imminent attack by a bear, or perhaps a complaint about you

Now In a normally-functioning HPA axis, once the threat has gone, the cortisol drops off and returns to normal. However, under prolonged stress, we operate under increasing levels of cortisol which never return to normal.

The body responds by eventually down regulating cortisol production to abnormally low levels, and we may experience a state of hypocortisolism, where we have literally burned out our stress–response system.

And As we know from our endocrine patients, hypocortisolism produces low-grade inflammation which brings many health problems, including coronary heart disease.


If you find yourself exhausted, regularly dreading going to work and think that your performance is suffering so any of the symptoms we discussed then alarm bells should start to go off. Here's an online burnout test you can do:


Reset your life and build resilience, resilience is the process of adapting well in face of adversity, it means bouncing back from difficult experiences. This is something that is unique to you and I would strongly recommend that you read the following article for more advice:

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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.



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