The word burnout was first used to describe an exhaustion of emotional strength around 1970.

It’s now a syndrome officially recognized by the World Health Organization.

Here’s why it’s so dangerous.

The average US worker works 47 hours per week.

Only one in three takes an actual lunch break.

A quarter of American workers work night hours, which is the highest in the world.

Yet, an estimated 70 percent of workers aren’t passionate about their jobs.

Burnout is the long-term effect of misalignment.

It’s when the activities you dedicate your time to don’t match your values anymore.

The joy can drain out of something you once loved to do.

And if the feeling persists, it may be time to reexamine how you’re approaching it.

Burnout is not about work alone, because it can spread to our relationships and hobbies.

Burnout is a fire that can extinguish passion, interest, and energy across all aspects of our lives.

The best thing we can do for ourselves is recognize when burnout is bearing down.

If we can spot the early red flags, we can take action before we are fully extinguished.

Sometimes getting through burnout requires a revamping of your perspective.

Other times it’s a message telling you it’s time to move on.