Burn Out: 10 Risk Factors

A high-stress job isn’t always the cause of burn out. Anyone who feels overworked and constantly on the go is at risk of burning out. From the office worker who works long hours to the business owner who hasn’t had a holiday in years, to the stay at home mum who tends to kids, housework and ageing parents. 

There are some individuals in certain occupations who are at higher risk than others when it comes to burning out, but your lifestyle and personality traits can also contribute. What you do in your downtime and how you look at the world can also cause overwhelming stress. Here are 10 risk factors for burning out.

  1. Taking on too many responsibilities at work or home life, without asking or getting help from others

  2. Not getting enough sleep

  3. All work and no play. You don’t take time out to relax and socialise with friends or family.

  4. Lack of close supportive relationships

  5. Working in a high pressure and chaotic environment

  6. Lack of recognition for good work whether it is at home or in the office

  7. Doing work that you find is mundane or boring

  8. High-achieving, Type A personality

  9. Perfectionistic tendencies; nothing is ever good enough whether it is at work or at home!

  10. Reluctant to delegate anything, you need to be in control!

I get it, as a mum, business owner and high achiever it is hard to let go of control or ask for help. The mum guilt associated with wanting to take some time out to recharge can be very overwhelming at times. You feel exhausted but now the kids are in bed you finally get some time to do what you want, so you stay up binge-watching a tv show while eating chocolate. I get it and am totally guilty of all of these things. 

However, whether you recognise the warning signs of burn out, (here are 10 Signs you are burning out) or are already at breaking point, now is the time to take a step back, reassess and change direction. Trying to push through the exhaustion and continue on the same path will only cause further physical and emotional damage. By making small but sustainable changes to your diet, work and lifestyle you can help yourself overcome burnout and feel healthy and positive again.

If you're having trouble with burn out and would like more guidance and support to help you feel better, please BOOK YOUR FREE 10 MINUTE DISCOVERY CALL HERE to chat about how I can help you.

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Pam helps women and men prioritise their health and wellbeing. As a naturopath, nutritionist and personal trainer she helps them take control of their mental health and various health conditions through natural medicine and healthy lifestyle changes. She gives realistic ways to help create a happier and healthier life. 

When she isn’t running her business, you can find her on the hockey field or creating some delicious food for her kids.