Guest post by Segba Eseoghene Keva Laya a content writer with extensive experience in the field and with her own blog. In the future, she hopes to become a life coach and continue sharing ideas on her own website. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Studies from the University of Uyo.

Due to the lockdown, burnout at work has been on the rise among employees in the workspace. The real issue is that most workers do not even know they are experiencing burnout simply because they do not know what the symptoms are or how to even deal with them.

What is Burnout?

Burnout is work-related stress. It is increased mental distance from one’s work and also a state of physical and emotional tiredness that involves a sense of reduced achievement and loss of personal identity.

Signs of Burnout

Burnout is rarely detected early because most of the signs are simply exaggerated versions of everyday feelings. Some of the signs of burnout you should note are listed below.


Anxiety is a common cause of burnout. A person suffering from burnout will often find that the feeling occurs a lot for them and it is much more pronounced. The anxiety affects them to the point where it becomes impossible for them to even perform tasks that used to be second nature to them.

Fatigue and Lack of Sleep

Sleep deprivation and exhaustion are two factors that can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Fatigue is one of the symptoms of burnout. A rough night now and then is perfectly normal, but when it becomes a habit, you know you’re suffering from burnout.

Lack of Creativity

It is normal for people to experience some type of block at some point, but people suffering from burnout tend to experience it more frequently than others because they begin to feel they are not creative after a while.

Emotional Numbness

Emotional numbness is commonly misdiagnosed as depression. However, depression is a sense of emptiness, and it involves experiencing more than one emotion. Emotional numbness leads to poor work ethics and makes a worker give less priority to completing tasks well.

Cynical Outlook

Most of the time, it is difficult to be optimistic about what we do for a living, so a little cynicism is acceptable for laughs, but it is a sign of burnout when it becomes a regular occurrence. A person with burnout will feel exhausted but will find it difficult to quit their job, even if they are overworked.

Causes of Burnout

Lack of Control

Constant shifts in priority make it seem like you have no control over the job because it prevents you from working on desired projects. Also, a feeling of lack of trust in your ability may seem like the job is beyond your power.

No Appreciation

Job rewards are one of the benefits of working, and when rewards become scarce, it affects workers’ feelings of appreciation, leading to burnout.

No Feeling of Togetherness

Finding rewarding relationships at work is what makes a workspace comfortable and will also increase employees’ output. So, working in a place where there is a lack of support among colleagues would lead to burnout.

Work-life Imbalance

When work consumes so much of your time that you have little time for friends, family, or even yourself, and when you rarely find time to do things you enjoy, it is likely that you will experience burnout.

Dysfunctional Workplace Dynamics

When you work with a bully or are surrounded by people who undermine your efforts or make you feel inferior, it can lead to anxiety, which can cause burnout.

Effects of Burnout


Sleeplessness is a response to burnout. People who are burned out tend to have more insomnia problems than average people.


Burnout leads to exhaustion. When you feel exhausted, it is difficult to work effectively. You may lack motivation, have trouble concentrating, and experience mood swings.


Burnout does not only affect your work life but also your personal life and your relationships with other people, thereby leading to sadness.

Mood Swings

Burnout causes emotional distress, which in turn leads to alienation and constant change in mood. 


Over time, irritability develops as a result of the aggravation caused by a sense of ineffectiveness and low productivity.

Dealing With Burnout in the Workplace

Work Away from Your Desk

A little change in scenery has never done anyone harm. Most companies will let you work remotely from time to time, especially when you need inspiration. Working away from your desk also means working away from your home because when you are experiencing burnout, working at home would compound the problem and make it harder.

Take a Vacation

Explain why you need to take a break to your superior. Not a two-day break, but rather a break from work; in simpler terms, a vacation. A vacation will not only rejuvenate you but also eliminate burnout.

Take a Break from Alcohol and Caffeine

Many people cope with stress by drinking alcohol, caffeine, smoking, or even eating. While all of these may be soothing in some situations, they can quickly become addictive, and addiction leads to dependency. Consider taking up a new hobby, going for a walk, or simply learning to sit still.

Quit Your Job

If you realize your job is too demanding and is beginning to affect you too much, you should quit as a last resort. Most people are concerned about not having another job if they quit their current job, so they would prefer to stay, but when it comes down to choosing between your job and your mental health, you should choose your mental health and look for better opportunities.

Change Your Career

Another career path may be the solution to your burnout because some careers do not provide you with motivation. A career in technology would be an excellent choice. A tech career would be a good career path to venture into. You could enrol in a coding boot camp to acquire in-demand skills. Examples of coding boot camps you can attend include Thinkful, Coding Dojo, and Springboard.

Can You Recover From Burnout?

Yes, you can recover from burnout. As bad as burnout sounds, you can recover from burnout quickly as long as you take caution and take steps to rectify it. The estimated period to get over burnout is approximately eleven weeks.

I find Shelley’s training easy to follow and the very best thing is that you can do it all at your own pace and revisit modules if it doesn’t quite sink in the first time round! I have learned so much from her training and continue to do so! She is responsive to my questions and I learn something new with each module. I find Iam hardly ever having to Google or YouTube information now, so it really is saving me time in my work day. Time that can be better used by learning more about the business I operate in!
Thanks Shelley!

Tracey Whitehouse – Executive Assistant

I have been following Shelley on Linkedin for several years, and always loved her hints and tips. In May of this year, I had the opportunity to recommend Shelley as one of our workshop speakers at the annual HMC Heads’ PA Conference in Sheffield.

On receiving the brief Shelley quickly produced content for two IT Microsoft Skills Workshops covering nuggets from Outlook, Word and Excel. Shelley then delivered (virtually) these two fantastic workshops to over 60 PAs at our conference.

From initial enquiry to delivery Shelley is the consummate professional and it was my pleasure to have had the opportunity to engage with her.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Shelley to any individual or group.

Michaela Fletcher – Heads PA

Shelley is THE guru on all things Microsoft.

I love Outlook, use it every day, and think I have a pretty good understanding of it. But every time I attend one of her sessions I learn a lot more. Her knowledge is remarkable. And she delivers her knowledge in a really clear, engaging way.

Thanks Shelley

Kathy Soulsby

I have just spent less than an hour at one of Shelley’s presentations and my mind is truly blown! I thought I was fairly proficient in Outlook, but I had no idea it could do so much more! So many time saving tips and shortcuts to help me – I can’t wait to get stuck in and implement them all! Thank you Shelley – I would highly recommend!

Hayley Rose – Executive Assistant -Dalcour Maclaren

Shelley joined us for the annual HMC Heads’ PAs conference in May 2023, where she delivered two hands-on practical IT skills workshops for over 60 PAs in attendance. Both sessions were warmly received by all participants, and from a personal perspective it was an absolute pleasure for me to work with Shelley both offline in the extensive prep phase ahead of the sessions, and online during the day itself – sharp in subject knowledge, flexible in content delivery and everything executed with a really affable manner and “can-do” approach throughout. I would recommend her services wholeheartedly.

Gareth Johnson – Leader GRE Education

Heads PA Conference

The session was well structured and the explanation was very clear. It was amazing how Shelley managed to squeeze so much info in just one hour and a half! Colin’s support and contributions were also very valuable, and so were “Virtual Veronica”‘s. Thank you for a most interesting and useful training session at the Miss Jones Virtual Summit!

Laura Carizzo- Royal Norwegian Embassy in Argentina

I haven’t used PowerPoint in 20 years, this has really boosted my confidence.

Lyn Parker

Course is packed with so much valuable information in a easy-to-understand and follow language, even for a complete beginner. I can respect the fact that sometimes it’s very hard for an expert to break the information down to basics. but Shelley has done it brilliantly. I was sure that I knew quite a bit but Shelley has proven me wrong even at the very beginning of the basics of PowerPoint. Lessons are short and precise which allowed me to easily transfer the new skill into practice without being overwhelmed and to carry on adding on more with each lesson. I had so many ‘Aha!’ moments and for most of them I couldn’t believe I used to pay graphic designer to do it for me, now, thanks to Shelley, I am looking forward to creating, designing, converting my presentations all by myself!

Iva Freeman – Vertex Human Capital

Shelley was very thorough and knew a lot of tip’s for using Teams, thank you 🙂

James O’Connor – Cavannah Homes

Very informative, constantly getting everyone in the meeting involved, loved every bit of it!

Dylan Teal Hopkins – Cavannah Homes
Fantastic and informative training and great to see all of the exciting functions with Microsoft Teams.
Laura Rigby – The Apprenticeship College
Shelley was really clear in her teaching and went at a pace that was helpful to us. We covered all we needed to know to get us started, as a small team, using MS Teams. She was also very helpful in the run up to the session, with check in calls and ensuring our platform was set up correctly. I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone wanting to learn to navigate their way around MS Teams.
Leigh Dowling – Innuous

Microsoft Teams One to One Training Session

Shelley was approachable, easy to work with, and agile with answering questions to apply the session to my specific needs

Melissa Marshall – Present Your Science

A course on Outlook had been on the top of my list when Shelley asked VA’s what they wanted to learn. It was a real case of ‘so that’s how you do it’ or ‘I never knew that’. I have to say that I learnt so many great tips it has definitely improved the way I work in Outlook and my inbox is looking colourful and organised and I can’t wait to share this knowledge with my clients.

Jacqueline Leake – JLeake VA Services – Outlook

A great course with lots of examples and step by step instructions. I can now confidently create infographics and as a bonus, I learnt a lot of new PowerPoint functionality that will enhance all my PowerPoint work and save me so much time.

Jessica Bailey – Integral Resource

I really like Shelley’s courses. She has a clear and easy to follow teaching style. In ‘How to Create Fillable Forms’ I’ve learned about the functions of the Developer ribbon which will mean I’ll be able to create a bespoke Returns Form for a client who has an online shop

Freya Henderson – Virtual Office Orkney