Job Burnout – How To Recognize it and What To Do About It
Are you one of those people who knew what you wanted to do, invested in your education and landed a great job? Do you want to move forward in your career by working hard and using your work ethic to stand out? In todays’ work environment, you may be a prime candidate for job burnout.
Chances are you get in early, work through lunch and stay late. Maybe you even work at home and on the weekends as well. It’s hard to differentiate yourself and compete with the other talented people that want the same opportunities you want. Add in some obsessive worrying and you have a recipe for job burnout.
Some of the signs of job burnout:
- The first sign you may notice is exhaustion. Whether your problems are physical, mental or emotional, all you know is you are tired when you wake up and drag yourself through your day. A general malaise and lack of motivation or procrastinating can be a signal of job burnout.
- Another sign of job burnout is feeling a lot of negative emotions and frustration. Do you feel pessimistic or disillusioned about facing your work day? Does it affect your creativity, your team attitude or interfere with problem solving? If you answered yes, it would be typical for you to feel less satisfied with your life or even stuck in situations that you feel you have no control to change. Preoccupation with work during your free time adds to the negative mix.
- Finally, if you are experiencing stress-related health problems and find yourself using inappropriate coping methods, it’s time to take it seriously. Using alcohol, smoking, food, drugs or sedentary behavior to destress from job burnout is not going to help you!
What can you do if you have job burnout?
- Find a way to completely relax that works for you. This can be meditation, music, social activity, quiet reflection, exercise, dancing or whatever it is that takes you away from your stress. This is not an optional thing to do when you have a free minute. Schedule it into your daily life.
- Set boundaries in your life that help curtail job burnout. Most people do not really need to be available 24/7 to their employer or business. UNPLUG when you can. When it is an option, learn how to politely, but firmly say NO. You do not need to go to every social engagement, grant every favor or say yes to every volunteer request. That being said, do get active in non-work activities that you feel passionate about that creates a more rewarding life.
- Destress your over-worked brain by getting organized. Whether it is a list, electronic reminders or whatever system works for you, it will help free your mind from constant worry about what you need to remember to do.
Pay attention to how you feel
- Find ways to destress on the spot. You may not be able to go into full meditation mode at work, but find quick ways to calm yourself. Try deep breathing, soothing tea or relaxing your shoulders.
- Your job burnout may be self-inflicted. If you are a perfectionist or are simply pushing yourself too hard, it’s time to rethink what’s really important in your life. However, a large percentage of workers’ stress is a result of employers trying to cut costs and do more with less staff. Only you can determine if your situation can be improved or if it is time to move on.
- Recognize if your burnout is beyond what you can handle on your own, especially if you feel depressed and it is getting worse. You may need to talk to a professional.
How can a CRA help you?
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