Have you ever had a moment in your career where you just did not want to go to work? Has it become more and more difficult each day to drag yourself out of your house and make that commute? Does getting things done seem like a mountainous task? Have you felt like you were on a hamster wheel with no hope of getting off? You may have been experiencing burnout.
While our country is experiencing high rates of employment, employees are experiencing higher rates of burnout. The World Health Organization is blaming workplace stress for the heightened rates of burnout, with 96% of senior managers believing their workers are experiencing at least some form of burnout, while 91% of employees said they are somewhat burned out.
In May of this year, the World Health Organization included an updated and detailed description of burnout in its International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. According to the WHO, burnout is “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” The WHO specifies this is workplace specific and should not be applied to other areas of our lives.
In other words, burnout happens when the demands put upon you exceed the resources you have available to complete the demands. Your tank is empty. Burnout is more than one bad day or week at the office–there are NO good days and burnout lasts for a long period of time.
The greatest factors that influence burnout are:
You now understand that burnout is something that lasts longer than a day or two, but it can still be hard to identify for ourselves whether we’re just feeling everyday stress or if we’re veering straight to burnout central. Below we’ll break down some of the actual symptoms of burnout to help you identify what you’re feeling.
After reading about the signs and symptoms, you suspect you might be burnt out at work. So now what? How can you get yourself back on track? Your first thought might be to take a vacation. While a break is a good idea, you need to be aware that you’re returning to the same job you left. Instead of just pausing for a short time, you need to actively take part in changing your life. The two main things you need to focus on is changing your attitude and changing your workload.
Work with your boss to identify workload issues and find ways to manage them. Learning to say no where appropriate is also helpful in lessening the demands on your time at work. Avoid the tendency to overload yourself.
Changing your attitude is key. First you need to identify negative habits and thought patterns and learn how to change them. If you’re a perfectionist, you’ll need to learn to remove these self-imposed pressures so you can breathe easier at work–and other areas of your life. Learning to manage stress when it inevitably occurs will also be key in helping you feel less burned out and more motivated at your job.
Studies have shown that practicing stress reduction and mindfulness will help you reduce stress at the office significantly to prevent burnout. Results of these studies suggest that mindfulness programs help employees better deal with stress and develop the ability to recognize negative emotions and behaviors to remain calm, self-aware and alert. And less stress equals greater job satisfaction.
One of the best ways to reduce your stress and learn to change negative emotions into positive thinking is to utilize your BrainTap and the BrainTap Pro App on a daily basis. Every guided visualization you listen to is specifically designed to help you feel balanced and refreshed and reduce stress in all areas of your life, including at work. Our Stress-Free Me bundle can be a great way to reduce your stress, learn strategies for mindfulness at work and at home and lessen the effects of burnout at the job.
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