I’m a doctor and that’s why happy people always get burnt out: these are the signs no one sees coming
- Dr Martin Brunet, a GP from Guildford, Surrey, is a specialist in mental health.
- You just revealed why ‘able’ people are more likely to experience burnout
A doctor has revealed why happy people are more likely to experience burnout, and what classic signs everyone should be aware of.
Dr Martin Bruneta doctor from Guildford, Surrey, is a mental health specialist who recently dispelled common misconceptions about burnout.
Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion, usually caused by excessive stress over a prolonged period of time, as well as feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.
The professional revealed that ‘strong’ and ‘capable’ people are affected the most, because they assume too much and ignore warning signs until it is too late.
“Many think that if you’re strong and resilient enough, you won’t experience burnout, when the opposite is true,” he said.
Dr Martin Brunet, a GP from Guildford, Surrey, is a mental health specialist who recently dispelled common misconceptions about burnout.
Signs of exhaustion to watch for
Lack of energy
Feeling depressed and exhausted
Feeling unable to do your job or cope
The doctor shared his wisdom and professional knowledge in a short clip.
‘Burnout is difficult to bear, especially if we don’t expect it. People are often puzzled when affected by burnout as there are misconceptions about it.
‘The characteristics of someone who could burn out is that they are usually very capable people who set high standards.’
He revealed that this happens because hard-working people tend to ‘get through hard times’ and refuse to ask for help.
“They hope for the best and don’t delegate because they’re worried the job won’t be done well enough.”
Dr Brunet also cautioned against being a ‘people pleaser’ because it’s best to avoid being the person everyone turns to in a crisis.
“I often see people who get depressed from burnout and tell me they don’t understand because they’re not the type of person to get depressed.
“But they’re exactly the type, and they’re also the type of person who doesn’t realize it. We need to get past the misconception that people who burn out can’t deal with stress.’
Many thanked Dr. Brunet for his advice and for clearing up common questions about burnout.
‘The most important thing I’ve learned in life is to say no,’ said one woman. “Constantly pleasing others takes a lot of energy out of you.”
“This is especially prevalent in hustle culture,” wrote another. I’m glad to know I’m not alone.
‘Thank you very much,’ said a man. I am always on the verge of exhaustion.