Posted By: Deanna DeBenedictis

Even though it can have a great effect on one's physical and mental well-being, work burnout is something that's often overlooked in the workforce. Some workers who are experiencing burnout don't believe that their job is the main cause of their symptoms, and some don't even realize that they are burned out at all. Not sure whether or not this could be you? Carefully consider the questions below:

Do you find it hard to motivate yourself to get to work every day and start your tasks?

Have you become more irritable, impatient, or frustrated with colleagues and/or customers?

Do you find yourself being overly self-critical or cynical in regards to your work?

Are you no longer feeling satisfied with your achievements in the workplace?

Have your performance levels and productivity depleted or began to fluctuate?

Is it getting increasingly difficult to balance your work life and your personal life?

Has the quality of your work recently become more inconsistent?

Do you find it hard to concentrate on your work? Are you feeling disengaged in the workplace?

Are you feeling overwhelmed in the workplace? Are things effecting you emotionally more often?

Did your intake of alcohol or substances recently increase? Have your eating habits changed?

Have your sleeping patterns changed recently? Has your "internal clock" been off?

Have you had an onset of unexplained headaches, stomachaches, and/or other physical ailments?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you could very well be experiencing work burnout. Ignoring or not properly addressing work burnout can lead to detrimental consequences such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, a weakened immune system, and exhaustion. The question in that case is: what do you do about it? Here are some self-care tips for when you are experiencing work burnout:

  • Make time for things that you enjoy. Whether this is a hobby, spending time with family and friends, or something that you're passionate about, it's important to maintain a healthy balance between your work life and your personal life.
  • Try out a new relaxing activity. This could be anything from yoga and meditation to lighting a fragrant candle and taking a bubble bath. Activities like these keep stress levels low and help in rebalancing your body and mind.
  • Incorporate exercise into your day. When relaxation just isn't cutting it, physical activity can be another really useful outlet for releasing stress. Picking up a sport or maintaining a workout routine can really help with taking your mind off of work.
  • Try to regulate your sleep schedule. This can be difficult if you're experiencing something like insomnia, but getting your body on a consistent sleep schedule and regulating your internal clock can relieve fatigue and increase energy.
  • Practice the art of mindfulness. Focusing on your breathing and allowing yourself to fully process and experience every emotion that you're feeling is a step in the right direction for approaching work (and life) situations with patience and an open mind.
  • Seek outside support. This could mean opening up to a good friend, a family member, or an unbiased party such as a psychiatrist. It all depends on what you're comfortable with, but even just venting can be a weight off your shoulders.
  • Talk about options with your work. If you feel as if you're nearing the breaking point, it's probably a good idea to address that with your supervisor. Ideally, you can work together to create goals, and expectations, and find solutions and compromises.

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