How mindfulness could help you avoid burnout.
For many people, feelings of work-related stress have been part and parcel of their job, and the risk of burnout has been a constant threat. But more detail was given to this condition in 2019 with the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), where it was officially classified as an 'occupational phenomenon.'
Although not considered a medical condition, burnout is viewed as a consequence of one’s working environment. The more detailed definition of the condition says that, “burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterised by three dimensions:
- feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
- increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and
- reduced professional efficacy.
Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.
Research by Gallup suggests that 23% of full-time employees felt burnt out “more often than not”, with an additional 44% feeling burnt out sometimes. The potential cost to both individuals and companies is huge.
In response to this, the World Health Organization says that it is about to embark on “the development of evidence-based guidelines on mental well-being in the workplace.”
However, sometimes we need a little help in the right direction and offer a mindfulness service which is overseen by Dr Afrosa Ahmed - a GP for over 15 years, graduating from the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation and an accredited member of the UK Mindfulness Teachers Register, she says that “the concept of mindfulness is simple, it means paying attention to the present moment, without judgment. Whether tackling stress, anxiety, depression, diet or sleep issues, these essential tools enable people to stop surviving – and start living.”
Dr Afrosa and our wellbeing team offers a personalised approach to taking care of your wellbeing, discretely and in a safe environment. Arranged over a series of individually tailored sessions in-clinic or through guided online therapy, our expert practitioners help you to manage stress, anxiety and depression by paying attention to sounds, the sensations of breathing and tuning into your body by bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wander. Developing these tools equips you to avoid the automatic responses to stress that can lead to burnout, and instead master and manage overwhelming feelings before they start to impact you negatively.