In this article I present you the term Burn-out or work stress and its relation with the digital detox. Let’s find out what burn-out is, which are the symptoms and what we can do to avoid it.

You know it very well, a must-do projects with the deadline, a full inbox of unread messages and e-mails, you starting to feel the anxiety without enough time for yourself. These are some factors that could create a work-related stress.

Careful! It could lead to burnout and if you do not react quickly, it could finish really bad having and extremely negative effect on your life. In this article you will find out the meaning of burn-out, which are the early warning symptoms and also some valuable advices how to handle stress at work.



Anxiety, depression or exhaustion, these words can define the phenomenon of burn-out. You normally feel it if you are long-term exposure to work-related stress factors.

Burn-out was recently officially recognised by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and also included in ICD-11 (The 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases).

In 2016, around 526,000 people suffered from work-related stress, depression and anxiety, according to a study carried out by the HSE (UK government agency for The Health and Safety Executive). According to another study carried out by the French “Technologia”, 3 million workers may be at risk of burn-out (20 % of them are managers and entrepreneurs).

Before, the term of Burn-out was used speaking about the professions, such as doctors, nurses, psychologists, characterised by:

  • frequent interpersonal relationships;
  • strong responsibility;
  • high expectations;
  • high level of stress;
  • immediate availability.

Nowadays, thanks to the evolution of the Internet and digital devices, we can speak about the Burn-out effect also in professions, such as managers, entrepreneurs, IT, digital marketers and startuppers. In addition, the workers in these jobs spend many hours in front of a screen without a healthy balance between life and work.