Digital burnout syndrome: what you don’t expect! Or maybe yes?

Overload of information, deadlines to be met, anxiety and more anxiety.

Getting a digital burnout today is not that difficult, even the WHO (World Health Organization) has noticed it and it classifies the digital burnout as a syndrome and inserts it into the “International Classification of Disease” (global table of diseases and health conditions).

Burn … what ?!

For those who don’t know, the word burnout literally indicates emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and personal derealization, which can befall those who have jobs that involve long time heavy and destabilizing relational implications. The constant of the burnout syndrome is the corrosion of our abilities. Indifference and mistrust become a constant and the only thing we can be sure of is to find ourselves in an endless black hole.

The underlying cause you don’t expect! Or maybe yes?

Before, when technology was not an integral part of our life, burnout was linked to simple (it’s figure of speech) relational pressures. Today the syndrome finds its triggering cause in the “always mode on” condition which we are subjected in private life and, above all, in work. Maybe we don’t realize it but, after the forced creation of the two parallel universes, the physical and the virtual, we started to hang strongly for the virtual one, bringing our mind to never break away and to be subjected to continuous anxiety and overload.
The gap between what we do and what we are is a fertile breeding ground for the birth of the digital burnout syndrome.

What digital burnout is not

About this sore point, the WHO promptly specified what the burnout syndrome is not, underlining that this discomfort is to be connected to the working sphere. Although the symptoms can be deceiving, the digital burnout syndrome should not be confused with:
– adaptation disorders (developed following non-adaptive reactions and stressors);
– disorders associated with stress (e. g. post-traumatic stress disorder);
– disorders related to fears, phobias or mood (striking example is depression).

I actually feel a little “Burn”

Having said this, here are the symptoms to be taken into account in case of suspected syndrome:
– insonnia;
– attention deficit;
– fear of disconnection and continuous search for any connected device.

What if I want to get out?

Well, since you can’t be immune (a priori) to this discomfort and if you are recognized in the aforementioned symptoms (without being hypochondriac), here you are what you can do to get out of the digital burnout syndrome:
– create the right relational and working balance to bridge the gap between what you do and what you are;
– take care of your passions and your curiosity to break away from the “always on” virtual world;
– order and harmonize the work environment to keep deadlines anxiety away and to keep important projects under control;
– socialize with the outside world and with yourself (to know better yourself and others).

You’ll say that it’s easy to write and to read… but no! The truth is that with a little healthy commitment everything can be faced, even the digital burnout syndrome!


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