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Recover from burnout with these online courses

Recover from burnout with these online courses

The World Health Organization recently added workplace burnout to its International Classification of Diseases as an occupational phenomenon. It isn’t classed as a disease but a ‘factor influencing health status’.   

It is no surprise that if the place where you spend most of your waking life is getting you down, then you are not going to be the happiest bunny on the block and eventually something will have to give. The WHO define burnout as follows:

“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
  • increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and
  • reduced professional efficacy.

Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.”

But it will affect other areas of life if left unchecked. Whether it is considered the employer’s or the employee’s responsibility to take action to mitigate burnout (a separate but strongly related topic), here are some instantly accessible online courses aimed at staging an intervention and getting things straightened out.


Udemy has hundreds of courses on stress management. So many, in fact, that choosing the right one could stress you out even further. So we’ll help by giving you a choice of two:

Stress Management: Avoid Burnout and Prevent Stress by Joeel and Natalie Rivera. Two hours of video and some downloadable resources to sort your head out for a quick fix.

Dealing with Burnout and it's side effects by Janet Fouts. Despite the typo in the title (which after all is nothing to get stressed about!) this one has been well received by Udemy reviewers.


More for employers and line managers to help them recognise stress and burnout (and hopefully do something about it), Unum (UK) is a workplace wellbeing hub that offers online workshops in stress awareness like this one.  

Palouse Mindfulness

For a more in-depth lifestyle change, try Dave Potter’s Palouse Mindfulness. This is an 8-week program – change takes time, right? – based on the celebrated and medically demonstrable teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. If you want lasting change that can reduce stress for years to come, this might be the one to go for.

There are others – many others. But you don’t have time to Google them, do you, because you’re stressed and burned out. Let your path to recovery from burnout begin right here.