A very informative and interesting article was written by Michael Musker about workplace stress. As he states, we all get burnout from work from time to time. We know the term (emotionally) burnout as the meaning of being so stressed out that it causes exhaustion, negative feelings, and hatred towards your job. The article states that burnout used to be defined as a problem related to life management, but according to the World Health Organisation, it is an occupational phenomenon caused by work-based chronic stress. It is almost impossible to shut off from work now that we are in a smartphone-based world.
You may be thinking, how will you know when you’re burnt out? Well, according to the article, an excellent place to start is to ask yourself four questions that the United Kingdom Practitioner Program has come up with.
- Has anyone around you asked you to cut down on your work?
- In recent months have you become angry or resentful about your work or clients, colleagues, or patients?
- Do you feel guilty that you’re not spending enough time with your family, friends, or even yourself?
- Do you find yourself becoming increasingly emotional? For example, crying, getting angry, shouting, or feeling tense for no apparent reason?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be starting to feel burnout. The first step you should take is to reach out to a workplace counselor. Many workplaces now have confidential external psychologists or therapists as part of their employee assistance programs. Everyone who works with people in their day to day work routine is at risk of experiencing burnout. Emergency service workers are at even higher risk because of the high-stress conditions they work in.
Another thing to remember is, it is OK to say no to more work. There are things you can do to reduce your own risk of burnout. One thing is to build your level of resilience by learning to set boundaries for work and think more about play. Sometimes it is healthy to separate yourself from job interference and prevent it from interfering with your personal life. It may be a hard pill to swallow, but if you are miserable at your job, then you might consider moving jobs or at least look to see what else is out there.
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