Aug 21, 2019
Symptoms of job burnout (Mayo Clinic)
Job burnout symptoms
- Have you become cynical or critical at work?
- Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting
- Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers,
customers or clients?
- Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive?
- Do you find it hard to concentrate?
- Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements?
- Do you feel disillusioned about your job?
- Are you using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better or to
simply not feel?
- Have your sleep habits changed?
- Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, stomach or bowel
problems, or other physical complaints?
Possible causes of job burnout
Job burnout can result from various factors, including:
- Lack of control. An inability to influence
decisions that affect your job — such as your schedule, assignments
or workload — could lead to job burnout. So could a lack of the
resources you need to do your work.
- Unclear job expectations. If you're unclear
about the degree of authority you have or what your supervisor or
others expect from you, you're not likely to feel comfortable at
- Dysfunctional workplace dynamics. Perhaps you
work with an office bully, or you feel undermined by colleagues or
your boss micromanages your work. This can contribute to job
- Extremes of activity. When a job is monotonous
or chaotic, you need constant energy to remain focused — which can
lead to fatigue and job burnout.
- Lack of social support. If you feel isolated
at work and in your personal life, you might feel more
- Work-life imbalance. If your work takes up so
much of your time and effort that you don't have the energy to
spend time with your family and friends, you might burn out
Job burnout risk factors
You might be more likely to experience job burnout if:
- You identify so strongly with work that you lack balance
between your work life and your personal life
- You have a high workload, including overtime work
- You try to be everything to everyone
- You work in a helping profession, such as health care
- You feel you have little or no control over your work
- Your job is monotonous
Consequences of job burnout
Ignored or unaddressed job burnout can have significant
- Excessive stress
- Sadness, anger or irritability
- Alcohol or substance misuse
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Vulnerability to illnesses
- Cortisol is released during times of stress, increasing heart
rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, respiration, and muscle
tension. it also temporarily shuts down the body’s systems that
aren’t needed in the face of crisis, such as digestion and
- If you perpetually stay in a stressed out state where cortisol
is frequently being release into the brain, your body is fighting.
All, the. time.
- Cortisol was designed to give you the ability to fight, I’m
talking chase, wrestle, fight for you life kind of
- All of the organs not getting attention while cortisol is
coursing through your body suffer.
- I firmly believe that much of my own digestive and health
issues are related to stress. I don’t really feel stress as it’s
happening - I have to look for other physical manifestations and
back up to the source.
Handling job burnout
Try to take action. To get started:
- Evaluate your options. Discuss specific
concerns with your supervisor. Maybe you can work together to
change expectations or reach compromises or solutions. Try to set
goals for what must get done and what can wait.
- Seek support. Whether you reach out to
co-workers, friends or loved ones, support and collaboration might
help you cope. If you have access to an employee assistance
program, take advantage of relevant services.
- Try a relaxing activity. Explore programs that
can help with stress such as yoga, meditation or tai chi.
- Get some exercise. Regular physical activity
can help you to better deal with stress. It can also take your mind
- Get some sleep. Sleep restores well-being and
helps protect your health.
- Mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of
focusing on your breath flow and being intensely aware of what
you're sensing and feeling at every moment, without interpretation
or judgment. In a job setting, this practice involves facing
situations with openness and patience, and without judgment.
Box breathing is a
helpful exercise I implement in my own life
I hope you honestly assess yourself based on what you’ve heard
today and implement some of the practices I talked about. I want
you to start exuding all the great qualities that make you who you
are and begin to live louder.
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