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Burnout: recognising the signs and protecting yourself


The term burnout was originally coined in the 1970s to describe the consequences of ‘severe stress and high ideals’ among the helping professions. These are fields where many feel a high level of moral purpose, a dedication to making a difference and an urge to go above and beyond. This well-intentioned source of motivation can take its toll on a person. If you work in education, does this sound familiar?

The World Health Organisation has recently redefined burnout as 'a syndrome linked to chronic work stress that has not been successfully managed.’ In our fast-paced world, intensified by the pandemic and its digital demands, it has become a far more common risk.

Stress is incredibly high among teachers and education staff. Eight out of ten recently told us they are stressed from work. Four in ten said that the pressure on their mental health and wellbeing has caused them to consider leaving. Pressure does serve a very useful purpose for most of us, motivating and urging us to do our best, but ongoing stress can seriously damage our health.

Tips to help you prevent and beat burnout:

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