managing burnout

What happens when you don't deal with stress? It can lead to burnout, which affects your mental wellbeing. Learn how to notice burnout signs and prevent it.

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Burnout is a term that’s becoming increasingly prevalent in the modern world. It’s what can happen when we don’t deal with our stressors and that stress turns chronic.

Over time, it can affect our physical and mental wellbeing, sometimes with long-term consequences. Burnout can happen to anyone at any time. It’s not a weakness; it’s a sign of pushing ourselves past our limits for too long.

Symptoms can include:

  • feeling overwhelmed, even if there isn’t much going on
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • sleeping problems
  • digestive problems
  • random aches and pains
  • brain fog

In the articles below, you’ll find out more about how burnout can happen, and what you can do to prevent and deal with it.

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burnout: what it looks like

Burnout is when we feel overwhelmed emotionally and physically, so much so, it becomes almost impossible to function in our work or personal life or both. Burnout affects people in different ways, but there are common signs to look out for. Discover what they are by reading this article.

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burnout: how to prevent it

Our research shows that burnout is on the rise, with over 50% of accountants admitting that they suffer from stress and burnout. Taking the time to implement more self-care measures into our everyday routines is pivotal to helping prevent it.

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burnout at work: advice from a mental health expert

Read more from our mental health expert, Kirsty Lilley, as she shares her thoughts and advice on how chartered accountants and ICAEW members can prevent and address burnout at work.

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preventing and navigating burnout: a manager’s guide

The majority of managers want a motivated and productive workforce, but it’s a common error to push your team too far beyond their limits. Find out how to prevent physical and emotional burnout from occurring in your team.

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why self-compassion boosts our mental wellbeing

Self-compassion is key to developing good mental health. It's not about being over-indulgent or too easy on ourselves; there are key steps we can take to look after ourselves more.

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