Wellness Program


What is burnout?
  • A state of mental and physical exhaustion due to excessive/prolonged stress
    leading to:

    • emotional exhaustion
    • depersonalization (cynicism)
    • diminished sense of personal accomplishment
  • Everyone has a physical, emotional and spiritual energy pool. Each pool has a
    certain percentage of energy reserve. Activities and stress that leads to depletion of
    the reserve without replenishment leads to risk of burnout.
  • Physical energy pool come from caring for the physical body which includes eating,
    sleeping etc.
  • Emotional energy pool comes from maintaining healthy relationships at work and
  • Spiritual energy pool comes from connecting with your sense of purpose.
Prevalence of Burnout
  • Over 50% of medical students and over 44% of physicians experience burnout with
    16% experiencing clinical form of depression.
Consequences of burnout
  • Physical
    • Heart disease, obesity, diabetes, impaired fasting glucose, increased BMI,
      metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia
  • Psychological
    • Increased depressive symptoms, hospital admission for mental health
      disorder and insomnia
  • Occupational
    • Job dissatisfaction
      • Absenteeism – missing work
Are you at risk of burnout?
How to reduce burnout:
  • Reduce burnout through Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) techniques:
    • Mindfulness meditation
    • Yoga
    • Body scan
    • Mindfulness breathing
    • Mindfulness eating
  • Mindfulness is a mental state in you focus on awareness of the present moment. The
    focus can be on thoughts, sensations, and emotion without judgement.
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