Burnout may be the result of unrelenting stress, but it isnít the same as too much stress. Stress, by and large, involves too much:
too many pressures that demand too much of you physically and psychologically. Stressed people can still imagine, though, that if they can just get everything under control, theyíll feel better.
Burnout, on the other hand, is about not enough.
Being burned out means feeling empty, devoid of motivation, and beyond caring. People experiencing burnout often donít see any hope of positive change in their situations. If excessive stress is like drowning in responsibilities, burnout is being all dried up. One other difference between stress and burnout: While youíre usually aware of being under a lot of stress, you donít always notice burnout when it happens.