Ramifications of Burnout

The Ramifications of Burnout

The Ramifications of Burnout

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What are the Ramifications of Burnout?

Now that you know what burnout is, and what the signs of stress and burnout are, it’s important to learn what the ramifications of burnout could be if left unchecked. Stress can start off small, but then grow to impact how we act, think, speak and even live. It can cause huge problems in relationships with people, and even God. Here are some of the ways stress impacts people’s lives:

(Stress impacts lives in a dramatic way)


  • About one half of Americans say that stress has a negative impact on both their personal and professional lives.
  • About one-third (31%) of employed adults have difficulty managing work and family responsibilities.
  • Over one third (35%) cite jobs interfering with their family or personal time as a significant source of stress.
  • Stress causes more than half of Americans (54 percent) to fight with people close to them.
  • One in four people report that they have been alienated from a friend or family member because of stress.
  • 8% connect stress to divorce or separation.
    Source: American Psychological Association study, 2007. www.helpguide.org

When you think about it, this information is astounding! Fully 8% of Americans attribute stress as a reason for their divorce! That is hundreds of thousands if not millions of people. Along with that, stress also causes huge relationship problems for more than half of all Americans. How have you felt stress in your life recently? Have you been drifting away or avoiding close friends? Are you having other relationship problems? Take a minute and think about what kinds of ramifications in your own life have been the results of stress or burnout.

Now, you might be trying to figure out if you are stressed or burned out, because they do sound like the same thing, but they do have certain differences that you should know. Below is a chart showing the differences, results, and ramifications of stress and burnout.

Stress vs. Burnout



· Characterized by over engagement

· Characterized by disengagement

· Emotions are over reactive

· Emotions are blunted

· Produces urgency and hyperactivity

· Produces helplessness and hopelessness

· Loss of energy

· Loss of motivation, ideals, and hope

· Leads to anxiety disorders

· Leads to detachment and depression

· Primary damage is physical

· Primary damage is emotional

· May kill you prematurely

· May make life seem not worth living

Source: www.helpguide.org

Now you might be thinking that stress and burnout only affect you and your life, well they do in a huge way, but they also affect others such as your family, friends, coworkers and church members. Here are a few statistics about stress in people’s lives:

  • Workplace stress costs more than $300 billion each year in health care, missed work and stress-reduction (American Institute of Stress, NY).
  • Workers who report that they are stressed incur health care costs that are 46 percent higher, or an average of $600 more per person, than other employees (Steven L. Sauter, chief of the Organizational Science and Human Factors Branch of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
  • Workers in the United States already put in more than 1,800 hours on the job a year: 350 hours more than the Germans and slightly more than the Japanese (International Labor Office).
  • More than 30 percent of workers say they are “always” or “often” under stress at work. A quarter of those surveyed in 2002 said there often were not enough co-workers to get the job done (National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago).

Clearly, workplace stress and anxiety can cost millions or even billions of dollars each year. And that’s just with health care, what about in your personal life? What has it cost you personally? Well, as shown by some of the other statistics, stress and burnout also have significant effects on personal relationships.

So stress does have ramifications in both yours, and the lives of others around you. It is not something to be ignored, and if you ever have, or are experiencing stress or burnout, you know just how serious it is.

Maybe take a minute now to think about what is going on in your life and ponder how your stress level or burnout is affecting those who are close to you.

Since you now know what the signs of burnout are, and what the ramifications can be if left unchecked, it’s time to learn what the steps to healing are. The next article will help you by giving you the 13 steps to healing from burnout.

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