Gonzalez says that burnout has three components. The first component is emotional exhaustion, where you can lose your enthusiasm for your work and feel fatigued. The second component is depersonalization. Rather than seeing people for who they are, you see them as mere objects. The third component is a loss of personal accomplishment. Here is where your work no longer seems to have meaning. You also question why you got into your specific line of work in the first place.
“Individuals experiencing burnout may be more disengaged from work and their colleagues,” Gonzalez added. “Emotions may be blunted and they may feel numb. [You sense] feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, feeling detached and experiencing depression, and individuals may question their life’s worth.”
With that said, if you’re feeling burnout, it’s important to find support from trusted colleagues or mentors, shares Dr. Gonzalez. It also might be helpful to seek professional help from a psychologist, social worker, or other mental health professionals.
He also suggests taking some time for introspection. “You might pause and reflect on why you got into the profession to begin with and re-evaluate your values and what’s important to you,” Gonzalez concluded.