Job burnout: A major cause of depression in under 45
SEE ALSO :Alarm as burnout stalks med schools4. You have a boring job Fatigue can also result from chaotic or boring work activities. Your job is not enjoyable when you find yourself constantly using energy drinks to remain focused at work. Inability to explore your creativity will obviously make work monotonous and unexciting. 5. You lack balance between work and personal/social life Biased office relations can also weigh you down. Do you find yourself isolated at work? Is your personal life equally as lonely? Do you find yourself too tired to spend time with family? It is conceivable that your family will get used to spending quality time without you. You will be missing out on a lot of memorable fun times with loved ones. Your problems will weigh you down without your loved ones taking note. That lack of social support is likely to contribute to stress that leads to burnout. Signs of Job Burnout When you find yourself having prolonged negativism, decreased professionalism and being overly critical, maybe you should do some self-examination. Do you lack consistency, or are you easily irritable at work? Have your sleep patterns changed over time? Do you find yourself stress-feeding, or using alcohol and other drugs to ease the bad feelings or not to feel at all? Are you experiencing unexplained bowel issues or headaches? Make a point of seeing a doctor or a mental health specialist because you could just be wallowing in job burnout. Are you losing interest in stuff you used to enjoy and detaching from colleagues and loved ones? Having trouble concentrating at work, forgetfulness and serious anxiety and panic attacks are also associated with burnout. If left unchecked, burnout will lead to: *Insomnia *Sadness *Alcohol and substance abuse *Hypertension * Type 2 Diabetes *Heart disease * Depression *Lowered immunity to illnesses. How to handle burnout Take time to take care of yourself. Set boundaries for yourself. For instance, you can decide not to carry work home. Get more sleep, meditate, exercise, eat right and try relaxing activities to release tension from work. Self-examine: Be more self-aware of your personality and your ability to handle stressful situations. Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and how they impact your work and productivity. Connect with others. Seek social support from others around you especially those who can help you in your career growth. Reach out to loved ones who will help you cope with stress and take advantage of the company and time they spend with you to be better. Air out your concerns. Talk with your boss or supervisor on issues you need addressed so that you can be more productive. Be willing to change your expectations or make compromises on goal setting. Prioritise tasks and follow up on postponed assignments. Innovate creatively: Enhance experiences by putting a new spin on how you do your work assignments. Relieve yourself of the dullness and uneventful way of a monotonous routine day in day out. Switching things up will help you feel motivated and inspired. An unrewarding job can undermine your health. The worrying thing is that burnout is not easily recognisable. Most people notice it when the symptoms have started affecting other people around them. The Four Stages of Burnout 1. Physical, Mental and Emotional Exhaustion. Juggling lean resources to manage ambitious objectives leads to brain strain, energy shortage and stress. 2. Shame and Doubt: You project a confident and competent image to your supervisor and colleagues yet deep down you question yourself if you can handle the job responsibilities that come with your supposed competence. 3. Cynicism and Callousness: You develop an abrasive and obnoxious attitude that makes your colleagues want to avoid you. The abrasive behavior leads to a constant state of frustration and anger; a formula for hypertension and premature heart attacks. 4. Failure, Helplessness and Crisis: Your body begins to wear out. Here the symptoms of chronic fatigue and prolonged stress can no longer be hidden. Stressdoc.com
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