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  • Writer's pictureEvalee Fenty-Marseil

Burnout Warning!

Updated: Jul 25, 2023



In today's fast-paced and competitive work environment, it is easy to become overwhelmed and exhausted. Burnout is a real issue that affects many people and can have a significant impact on mental health, physical health, and work performance.


Recognizing your own burnout, and sometimes taking a mental health day from work is crucial for maintaining overall well-being, and it's important not to feel guilty or overburdened for doing so. Yes, we ALL have responsibilities, but no it should not cost our sanity!


Statistics show that work stress and burnout are on the rise, with the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizing burnout as a legitimate medical diagnosis in 2019. In 2003 (WHO), almost twenty years earlier, they called it a world-wide challenge for workers, and offered employers ideas for supporting their employees. Check out the link to read publications:




In the US alone, work-related stress costs companies over $300 billion annually in lost productivity, absenteeism, and healthcare expenses. Additionally, many studies have shown that work stress and burnout can lead to a variety of negative health outcomes, such as increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.

It is essential to prioritize your health over your job. While work is undoubtedly important, it cannot come at the cost of one's well-being . Taking a mental health day can be a crucial step in avoiding burnout, preventing long-term health issues, and improving overall work performance. By taking a day to recharge, individuals can come back to work with a fresh perspective, increased energy, and renewed focus.


For my STAY AT HOME Parents, I have also had this role, and this is a full-time job! (aka multiple outside jobs in one). You may not provide that extra financial support in the form of a paycheck but it counts!!! Your entitled to a burnout break on occasion as well.

Employers should prioritize their employees' well-being by including mental health days as a practice protocol at work. A recent study found that companies that promote mental health and wellness programs have a more productive workforce and reduced absenteeism.


Additionally, it's essential to create a culture where employees feel comfortable taking time off to prioritize their mental health without fear of repercussions or negative consequences.

If it became a natural reinforcer would it be taken for granted?😕 🤔 😔 If you don't implement and collect the data would it be relevant. Good OBM principles and practices calls for an intervention. We need to normalize mental health interventions, as a measure of preserving our work culture.

In conclusion, recognizing burnout and taking a mental health day is vital for maintaining overall well-being and preventing long-term health issues. As an employee, it's important not to feel guilty or overburdened for taking time off to prioritize your mental health, and as an employer, it's crucial to prioritize employee well-being by including mental health days as a practice protocol at work. Remember, your health is essential, and it should never come second to your job.

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