The Sixth Part of a Ten Part Series on Anxiety and Stress Which Began on February 23, 2016

What is Burnout?

Stress is a person’s response to being overloaded. An illustration from the tech world provides more insight: “Stress testing is the process of determining the ability of a computer, network, program or device to maintain a certain level of effectiveness under unfavorable conditions.”

Rouse, M. (2007). Stress Testing Definition in

When a computer or network can’t hold up under pressure, it crashes. When a person sustains continual stress over a long period of time, he or she also crashes. This is what we call burnout. It looks like this:


The unknown factor is your capacity for stress. We really don’t know if you can handle 10 lbs. of stress mentally and 25 lbs. spiritually. Whereas another person may handle 25 lbs. of stress mentally and 10 lbs. of stress spiritually. God has created each of us as unique individuals. What may be very stressful for you may not bother another person at all. A ride in a hot air balloon may be very relaxing for one person, but extremely stressful for another! Yet if a person pushes their limit in a number of areas of life for a long enough period of time, they may become burned out.

Dr James P Porowski     Licensed Psychologist    Raleigh NC     March 7, 2016