Executive burnout is a specific type of job-related stress, defined as a state of physical, emotional, or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work. With the instability of the economy in recent years, executives are finding themselves struggling to meet the overwhelming demands placed on them in their careers.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you might be suffering from burnout:
- Have you become cynical or critical at work?
- Is it difficult to get yourself motivated to be at work or to function at your best once you arrive?
- Have you become irritable and agitated with co-workers, customers, or clients?
- Do you lack the energy to be productive?
- Has it become difficult to garner satisfaction from your accomplishments?
- Have your sleep habits or appetite changed?
- Do you feel an unpleasant level of pressure to succeed?
- Do you feel there is more work to do than you practically have the ability to do?
- Do you feel that organizational politics or bureaucracy frustrate your ability to do a good job?
- Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, backaches, or other physical ailments?
- Are you using food, drugs, or alcohol to feel better about work, or to avoid feeling altogether?
Burnout and stress are related, but they’re not synonymous. Burnout is a type of job depression caused by a feeling of powerlessness. It is stressful, but stress doesn’t cause burnout. Stress is the condition where your body is overly taxed.
When burnout occurs, the individual feels powerless, overwhelmed, depressed, dispirited, no motivation, and no sense of control over what’s happening.
Nevertheless, executive burnout is often characterized as a stress-related illness. This is because stress in the workplace is the body’s reaction to an accumulation of increased pressure to perform, putting in more hours to keep up, trying to jump-start profitability in the face of declining resources, and other mounting concerns.
Dr. Mapatwana uses a range of treatment options to help individuals recover from executive burnout, and calls upon her unique skills to improve her patient’s symptoms and quality of life.