Burnout is a unique type of work stress. It is a state of the physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with questions about the value of the person’s work.
- The following questions can help a person determine whether they are suffering from burnout:
- Have you become cynical or critical at work?
- Do you struggle with going to work, and once you arrive, do you have problems getting started?
- Are you irritable or impatient with your colleagues or clients?
- Are you lacking energy in order to be productive on a consistent basis?
- Are you not satisfied with your achievements?
- Do you feel disillusioned with your work?
- Do you eat, use drugs or drink alcohol to feel better or to not feel anything?
- Have your sleeping habits or appetite changed?
- Do you get headaches, backaches or experience other unexplainable physical problems?
If you responded yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing burnout. In these cases, it is important to talk with your physician, as some of these symptoms may indicate certain medical conditions such as a thyroid disorder or depression.
The Mayo Clinic explains that career burnout may be related to several factors: a lack of control and inability to influence the decisions that affect your work such as your schedule, responsibilities or workload; having unclear expectations for your job; dysfunctional work dynamics; colleagues that undermine authority or a boss that controls every aspect of your job; not adapting to your job well; and not balancing your work and personal life.
Keeping different factors under control such as stress, evaluating your expectations, changing your attitude, seeking out help, doing exercise, getting good sleep and keeping an open mind can help prevent burnout.
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