Workplace burnout: taking a summer holiday is not enough
“I think it is encouraging that Australians are addressing wellness during their well-earned holidays. This can help prevent more serious mental health conditions from developing. However, people experiencing debilitating burnout need more than a holiday,” Mr Rees said.
“People suffering burnout are in a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion because of their exposure to prolonged stress. They feel overwhelmed and drained emotionally and can no longer meet the unrelenting demands they face. The fact is, burnout is a serious condition which can’t be addressed just by a holiday,” he said.
The Buttery Private, which is a social enterprise that utilises profits to help support the long established charity-run drug and alcohol treatment organisation, The Buttery.
“We are also seeing an increase in people with ‘behavioural addictions’ like social media, gaming and pornography addiction. Like alcohol and drug addiction, the underlying causes of these addictions need to be addressed with intensive therapy. A ‘digital detox’ holiday won’t necessarily act as a circuit-breaker for sustainable wellbeing,” he said.
Findings of the Australian Psychological Society’s Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey 2015, have revealed that 26 per cent of Australians report having moderate to extremely severe depression symptoms. In addition, 26 per cent of Australians also report above normal levels of anxiety symptoms.
These figures are further complicated in those reporting extremely severe levels of anxiety symptoms with 66 per cent of this population drinking alcohol, 54 per cent gambling, 47 per cent taking recreational drugs and 45 per cent smoking cigarettes in an attempt to alleviate stress.
“The reality is, anxiety, depression, behavioural and substance addiction, and serious workplace burnout, require treatment that goes beyond what the average health spa can offer,” Mr Rees said.
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