Long before it became a common part of the workplace lexicon (or modern life, for that matter!), the term “burnout” was most associated with physics.
Here’s how Oxford defines it: “The reduction of a fuel or substance to nothing through use or combustion.”
Of course, it’s more common now to hear burnout used alongside words like fatigue, exhaustion, or collapse. But the original definition might be the best one — we can all relate to the image of our personal energy literally being reduced to nothing through overexertion and constant burning.
Burnout is everywhere
You don’t have to be in a stressful office environment to suffer from burnout; it can stem from home life, constant social interactions or obligations, the political climate, or even social media.
Now consider how blurry the lines between personal and professional have gotten or think about how technology has made it feel like we’re always on the