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Is Burnout Just a Mental Issue? The Truth for Tech Professionals

Feeling burnt out? Well, you're not alone. Burnout is a common problem among professionals in the tech industry, with long hours, high pressure, and a constantly evolving landscape taking a toll on even the most resilient of us. But is job burnout just a mental issue? Let's explore.

First of all, what is burnout? Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. It can lead to feelings of cynicism, detachment, and a lack of accomplishment. And while burnout is often seen as a mental health issue, it can also have physical consequences.

According to a study by Blind, 57% of tech professionals have experienced job burnout. And this burnout can lead to a range of physical health issues, including:

  • Sleep disturbances: Burnout can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep, leading to chronic sleep deprivation.

  • Gastrointestinal problems: Stress can cause digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn.

  • Headaches: Tension headaches are a common symptom of burnout.

  • Heart disease: Chronic stress can lead to high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease.

Additionally, according to research published by the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine, "The most frequently investigated physical outcomes (of job burnout) were cardiovascular diseases (coronary heart disease (CHD) and hospitalization for cardiovascular diseases) and risk factors for these diseases (obesity, hyperlipidemia, type 2 diabetes, large waist circumference (WC), high body mass index (BMI), metabolic syndrome, hypertension, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high LDL cholesterol, and impaired fasting glucose)..."

So, while burnout may be rooted in mental and emotional stress, it can have very real physical consequences. The World Health Organization listed it as an occupational phenomenon.

At Croswell Coaching, we believe in taking a holistic approach to burnout prevention and recovery. That's why we integrate Cognitive Behavioral Coaching into our approach - it addresses not just the mental and emotional aspects of burnout, but also the physical symptoms that can arise.

We specialize in burnout prevention and recovery coaching, as well as performance optimization coaching for executives and business professionals in the tech industry. And we know that burnout prevention and recovery can feel overwhelming. That's why we make it hassle-free, providing you with the support and guidance you need to get back on track.

So, is job burnout just a mental issue? No, it's not. While it may start with mental and emotional stress, it can have very real physical consequences. That's why it's so important to address burnout as soon as possible - and with Croswell Coaching by your side, you'll have the tools you need to do just that. Book a session with us today and let's tackle burnout together.


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