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Feeling burned out? Help is available

Burnout is an increasingly common condition emerging in workplace cultures across the country. According to a survey conducted by Indeed in 2021, 52% of employee respondents report experiencing burnout, up from the 43% who said the same in a pre-COVID-19 survey. 

The holiday season offers an opportunity to reflect on this past year and look forward to what’s next. As you reflect, take an inventory of your own mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. Be aware of the many benefits available to support you this holiday season. 

The World Health Organization defines burnout as a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been managed successfully. If you are unsure if you are feeling burned out, the Mayo Clinic offers these questions to assess your own state: 

  • Have you become cynical or critical at work?
  • Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started?
  • Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers or clients?
  • Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive?
  • Do you find it hard to concentrate?
  • Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements?
  • Do you feel disillusioned about your job?
  • Are you using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better or to simply not feel?
  • Have your sleep habits changed?
  • Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, stomach or bowel problems, or other physical complaints?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing burnout. Support is available:

  • As a HealthSelect of Texas plan participant, you can access virtual mental health counseling at no cost to you through MDLive and Doctor on Demand, in addition to an expanded BCBSTX network of mental health providers you can visit in person for a $25 copay. You do not need a referral from your PCP to see mental health providers. Learn how to get care by calling a BCBSTX personal health assistant at 1-800-252-8039 or on the HealthSelect webpage.
  • The university’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers many resources that can be found by clicking on the TWU EAP webpage. 
  • Recently, ERS recorded a webinar on “Managing Burnout & Compassion Fatigue.” You may access that recording and more through the Virtual Wellness Fair Channel.