Chronic Stress Leads to Burnout

A recent study revealed beneficial effects of "bright light" exposure for burnout and stress.  

Emotional Exhaustion

The core symptom of burnout syndrome is emotional exhaustion, which leads to impaired functioning on the job. During workdays, we use and deplete mental resources. Accumulation of effort spent throughout the workday might result in increased feelings of sleepiness, lack of energy, psychological stress, and burnout.

..Forty-two percent of U.S. women and 35% of U.S. men said they feel burned out often or almost always in 2021, according to a recent McKinsey & Co. report. 

Importantly, burnout is not a medical diagnosis or a mental health condition—instead, the World Health Organization classifies it as an “occupational phenomenon.” But studies show that it can overlap with physical and mental health issues, including depression, insomnia, gastrointestinal problems and headaches. It can even be a predictor of chronic diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes, research shows.

Any person, in any profession, can experience burnout. Currently, people are reporting it in droves.

Studies have shown that bright light exposure to higher illuminance levels can result in increased feelings of alertness, better performance and reduce burnout and mental exhaustion, however...


Lighten Up!