managing burnout

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 this section, 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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what is burnout and who does it affect?

Burnout is one of those terms that’s thrown about a lot, particularly in the increasingly overworked, online 24/7 space. But what does it actually mean? And how could it affect you?

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signs you’re reaching burnout and how to deal with it

Burnout can sometimes creep up on us without any warning. But if we don’t know the signs, we may dismiss them as something else, or ignore them completely. Here’s how to spot the signs of burnout in yourself and the people around you

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cope with work overload and reduce stress

Reducing what’s contributing to our stress levels can be easier said than done, especially when it’s work-related and we feel like that’s out of our control. Here’s how to reduce it, whatever your workload.

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why self-compassion boosts our mental wellbeing

Self-compassion is a key component 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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We support past and present members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)1, ACA students2, ICAEW staff members3, and the family and carers of members and students4

  1. No matter where your career takes you, past and present members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England Wales (ICAEW) are eligible for caba’s services for life, even if you change your career and leave accountancy 
  2. ACA students (ICAEW Provisional Members) who are either an active student or have been an active student within the last three years are eligible for caba's services 
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  4. Family members and carers of either an eligible past or present ICAEW member, ACA student or past or present employee of the ICAEW or caba are eligible for caba's support. We define a family member as a: 
    1. spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner 
    2. widow, widower or surviving civil partner who has not remarried or cohabiting with a partner 
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    4. child aged up to 25. Please note, children aged between 16 and 25 are not eligible for individual financial support 
    5. any other person who is or was dependent on the eligible individual supporting them financially or are reliant on the eligible individual’s care 
    6. any other person on whom the eligible individual is reliant, either financially or for care 

You can find out more about our available support both in the UK and around the world on our support we offer  page. 

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*Please note none of our other services are means tested. 

I’m an accountant, but not a member of ICAEW, can you still help?

Unfortunately not. We only support past and present ICAEW members, their carers and their families. If we are unable to support you, where possible we will point you to help elsewhere.

caba has supported me in the past; can I receive support from caba again?

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