Burnout is being increasingly used, especially in fast paced cultures and chances are it is being used by you to describe how you’re currently feeling.
But how can you know or at least have an idea that what you’re experiencing is burnout and not something else? Some of the most common symptoms of burnout (https://positivepsychology.com/burnout/) are:
- Feeling exhausted
- Unable to recover from a common cold
- Frequent headaches
- Frequent gastrointestinal problems
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty breathing
- Extreme emotional responses (quick to cry, quick to anger)
- Suspicious and paranoid about colleagues
- Substance misuse
- Stubbornness, rigid thinking, and unwillingness to listen to other people
- Negative attitude
- Appears depressed
But What Causes Burnout?
Burnout is usually caused by work related stressors or challenges and consequently the recommendation is that the work environment is adjusted by the employer to reduce stressors. Common workplace stressors include heavy workload, occupational hazards, organisational changes, lack of clear work duties, little or no acknowledgement or commendation, long working hours, poor relationships, etc.The fixers for these issues from the employers normally take some time or does not happen at all. So until the issue is tackled by the employer, the employee/you can do a few things to reduce the effect of work related stressors. Always remember that your ability to cope with work stressors can be increased based on your lifestyle away from work. So though it may be difficult, it is important to tend to your wellbeing.
Questions to Help You With Burnout
- On a scale of one to ten with ten being the highest, how burnt out would you say you currently are?
- What are the causes of it if you are in fact feeling symptoms of burnout?
- Let us see, what are the main issues at work that are currently causing you to feel that way?
- What would happen if you tried to approach those issues another way?
- How could your employer or colleagues assist with those issues?
- Should you have a perfect or near perfect day at work and away from work what would that day be like?
- What else would make that day perfect?
- Of the things listed for that perfect day, which of them can you work towards?
- Who can help you with those changes?
- If so how soon will you ask for help?
- What steps will you use to begin these changes?
- How soon do you think these changes will take to positively affect you?
- What are your top five low budget favourite things to do away from work?
- How often are you willing to do these favourite things and how soon can you start?
If at all possible, try to remove or reduce the main reasons for your burnout. Until then, use your best coping strategies to tackle it and reduce the negative effects.
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