Burnout is the outcome of the inability to effectively manage stress. Of course circumstances play a role but the major cause is a person’s predisposition, e.g.:
> A highly achievement orientation
> Difficulty to delegate responsibilities to others
> Eagerness to add value
> An identity that is only based on work or profession
> Difficulties in saying no or inability to be appropriately assertive
> Fear of failure or making mistakes, or a chronic striving to be perfect
Burnout is a process that occurs over time, sometimes as long as 2 to 5 years. When it happens, people end up in a state of emotional and physical exhaustion, depleting their energy and losing touch with themselves and the world around them.
Since a burnout develops over a long period of time it will take time to recover and to get in touch with oneself and the world again. Recovery takes time and requires professional support.
The structured 7-step process helps to get back in touch with oneself and the world.