Stressed At Work? Burnout Is Now An Official Medical Diagnosis


Work burnout is a phenomenon that started emerging in the mid seventies, mainly among employees who work longer shifts. The term has recently been recognized by the World Health Organization. They defined burnout as "chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed." 

Health experts hope that this actions will draw attention to a universal dilemma and encourage workers to seek help if they feel they’re experiencing any of the symptoms which include: exhaustion, cynicism towards one’s job, decreased professional progress, lack of connection towards one’s job. Experts also aspire to urge companies to provide a healthier lifestyle for their employees.


Work burnout can have serious damages both physically and psychologically. It can lead to increased heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension as well as elevate risks of depression. Dr. Herbert Benson, M.D., a professor of mind and body medicine at Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, suggests unplugging for some a while as excess screen time strongly correlated with high stress levels. 

Benson also encourages employees to take time for themselves and do something that will relax their work-related tension. Meditating and doing yoga can be excellent to achieve that. Performing these activities for just a few minutes everyday can make a tremendous difference and can help alleviate work-burnout 

Exclusive Grail Content Naira Mostafa, Contributing Editor