Professional exhaustion: what is the difference between burnout, boreout and brownout?

Burn-out, bore-out, brown-out… Do you know the different forms of professional exhaustion? While burnout is the most well-known form, there are other conditions associated with chronic boredom or loss of purpose at work. And they should not be neglected.

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Burnout is the most well-known burnout syndrome. It arises from an overload of work and an overinvestment on the part of the person. The signs may include emotional fatigue, cynicism about work, or decreased engagement.

Symptoms such as anxiety, sleep disturbances or muscle tension then occur. They can be physical, emotional or cognitive.

The bore out

Boreout is also an exhaustion syndrome that stems from boredom (boron be the shortcut of boredom which means boredom in English). In contrast to a burnout, it is caused by a too low workload and chronic boredom. Warning: Anytime you’re bored, don’t get bored. But it may be the result of these repeated problems.

The signs may include reduced self-esteem, absenteeism, increased stress, or withdrawal from work.

the brownout

Brownout is a form of burnout caused by the loss of meaning at work. This form is more difficult to diagnose because the person with brownout remains operational while his malaise is psychological.

The symptoms may include the following: loss of attention or feeling of uselessness in the tasks to be performed, withdrawal, progressive demotivation, strong anxiety.

If you think you may be suffering from some form of work fatigue, talk to your doctor. He will be better able to make a diagnosis.

(ETX Daily Up)

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