Burnout syndrome is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. This exhaustion is typically work-related and is triggered by discrepancies between the expectations and the actual requirements of the job. Burnout syndrome has become a common worldwide phenomenon, especially among members of high-stress professions, such as firefighters, police officers, teachers and all types of health-care professionals.

Critical care health care professionals have one of the highest rates of burnout syndrome, with nearly half of the workforce exhibiting symptoms. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the conflict springs from burn out.

Journaling Prompt: How do you deal with feeling burned out?

Art Prompt: Burn out

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the health effects of burn out and give them tips to avoid it.

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