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Doctor in the House: Burnout – what it is and how to avoid it | Neos Kosmos

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I have a regular column with Neos Kosmos called ‘Doctor in the House’. This aims to help the reader learn more about some of the common health issues which might be embarrassing or difficult to talk about. In this issue, I talk about “burnout’ – what it is and some steps to prevent it.

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‘Doctor in the House’, by General Practitioner A/Prof Magdalena Simonis AM is a regular new column which aims to help the reader learn more about some of the common health issues which might be embarrassing or difficult to talk about. Sometimes, we tend to put our own needs last or we just seek information from ‘Dr Google’ and it’s not until things become serious that we visit our GP or seek attention. The articles in this column aim to share evidence-based medical information in a way that helps people take steps to support their health. It is important to note, that as helpful as this might be for you, this is not a substitute for seeking advice from your own doctor as this is general information which is not specific to any one person. I hope you benefit from reading these and if you have any topics you wish to have covered, please let our editor know.

If you’re already feeling tired and it’s the start of 2024, this could be due to ‘burnout’.

Here are some tips from the Doctor in the House, Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis AM, on how to identify and avoid burnout, so you can start the year with enthusiasm and energy.

Burnout can happen to anyone and it comes from being exposed to continual stress. As a general practitioner with more than 30years of experience working in Melbourne’s central business district, one of the commonest complaints I hear is, ‘I don’t know why, I just feel tired all the time’. In this article we will talk about how feeling tired easily, or all the time might be a symptom of ‘burnout’. People find it difficult or embarrassing to talk about burnout, because there is so much pressure on everyone to cope with the demands of life, all the time.

We are living longer and working for more years, and in this day of technology the expectation is that we are to be accessible all the time. If you don’t start the year with self-care tips and awareness of the risks of ‘burnout’, it’s almost impossible to avoid. This also provides a good opportunity to share some key points around the symptoms of ‘fatigue’, that will help you work out if there is a medical reason for the way you feel too.

Should I worry if I feel tired all the time?

If you do feel tired all the time and tired when waking, you should see your GP to talk about this and make sure that medical reasons for the fatigue have been excluded. Your doctor might decide to run a few tests to determine what the cause is, especially if you have had symptoms for more than four weeks.


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