It's time to head back to work afteryour brief vacation.You havea demanding job and carry a great deal of responsibility onyour shoulders. Even thoughyour time off was relaxing,you dread going back to work. Maybeyou havestarted to wonder whetheryou haveburnout. Or maybe — like many of us—youhavetried to avoid the question all together. A closer look at burnout and why you may have it can helpyou to face the problem and take action before it affects your health.
According to Mayo Clinic, U.S.A, burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by long-term exposure to demanding work situations. Burnout is the cumulative result of stress.You may be more prone to burnout if: 1)you identify so strongly with work that you lack a reasonable balance between work and your personal life, 2)you try to be everything to everyone, 3)your job is monotonous.
Youcan overcome burnout. But firstyou have to understand what caused it. Burnout can result from:1)Lack of control.
Perhapsyou are unable to influence decisions that affect your job, such as which hours you'll work or which assignments you get, 2)Unclear job expectations, 3)Improper workplace dynamics.
Examples are working with an office bully or being undermined by colleagues, 4)Poor job fit,
and 5)Extremes of activity.
When a job is always monotonous or chaotic, you'll need constant energy to remain focused. Over time this energy drain can lead to burnout. Did you know that burnout could be affecting your health without your being aware of it?You may interpret certain symptoms and signs of stress — a headache, muscle aches or an upset stomach, for example — as illness.
Here are strategiesyou can use: 1)Take caring of yourself.
Eating regular, balanced meals, including breakfast. Getting adequate sleep and exercise, 2)Develop friendships at work and outside the office, 3)Take time off.
Taking a vacation or a long weekend. During the workday, take short breaks, 4)Set limits.
When necessary, learn to say no in a friendly but firm manner, 5)Choose battles wisely.
You shouldn’t rush to argue every time someone disagrees with you. Keeping a cool head and saving your argument for things that really matter. Better yet, try not to argue at all, 6)Have an outlet.
Read, enjoy a hobby, exercise or get involved in some other activity that is relaxing and gets your mind off work, 7)Seek help.
If none of these things relieves your feelings of stress or burnout, seek help from a health care professional.
Defeat 'burnout' and lead a healthy & happy life!