Burnout is a relatively common type of job stress. It can manifest in mental, emotional and even physical exhaustion. It’s often combined with uncertainties about your abilities and the value of your work.
Look at the symptoms of burnout. If you find that you are experiencing it, you need to face it and deal with it before it becomes a major health issue.
You could be experiencing job burnout if you have any of these symptoms:
- You have trouble getting out of bed on work mornings
- It’s difficult for you to get started after you arrive at work
- You find yourself losing patience with your co-workers and even customers
- You’ve become critical and cynical at work
- Your production has suffered because you lack energy
- Your job has left you feeling disillusioned
- There is no longer any satisfaction from your achievements
- You’ve turned to food, alcohol or drugs to feel better or not feel at all
- There are new physical complaints you can’t explain—headaches, backaches, neck problems
- You’re not able to get the proper amount of sleep
Any of these can be symptoms of job burnout, but they could also indicate other health conditions. Make sure you check with your doctor or a mental health provider.
What Causes Job Burnout?
You could be experiencing job burnout from a variety of factors that include a lack of control at work, poor communication from your supervisor, and a dysfunctional workplace. A boss who micromanages you, the shop bully or co-workers whom you believe are undermining you can all result in unusual amounts of job stress.
Other possible causes include:
- lack of support at work and home;
- your employer’s values are not aligned with yours;
- you’re not a good fit for the job; or
- you lack the proper work-life balance.
What Happens If You Ignore Job Burnout?
In short, there could be significant consequences that include:
- alcohol or substance abuse;
- heart disease;
- deteriorating relationships;
- diabetes; and
- high stress levels
Once again, if you believe you might be experiencing job burnout, see your doctor or a mental health provider. They can identify or rule out any underlying health conditions that could be causing your symptoms.
How Can You Manage Job Burnout?
Sometimes all it takes is an attitude adjustment. Find the things you like about work, do things you enjoy when you’re away from work, and take breaks during the workday. Consider talking with your supervisor about options that could get you more engaged at your job. If you aren’t currently exercising, start now. A better attitude is just one of the many benefits of staying fit. And make sure you’re getting the proper amount of sleep.
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