Burnout is now an official medical diagnosis; here’s how to cope

This may not come as a surprise to you, but that feeling of burnout that you’ve probably experienced at one time or another stemming from your job has become an official medical diagnosis. In other words, something that could end up on your chart at the doctor’s office. Consistent extreme work stress can bring on burnout causing one to develop a number of the following symptoms.

  1. Irritability or impatience with co-workers or customers.
  2. Having to drag yourself to work each day.
  3. Lack of satisfaction from achievements.
  4. Difficulty concentrating.
  5. Unexplained headaches.
  6. Using alcohol or drugs to cope.
  7. Change in sleep habits.
  8. Lack of energy and productivity.

If you can answer yes to two or more of these symptoms, it’s important to talk to your doctor as you could also be struggling with a number of different health conditions, including depression.

Ignoring these symptoms can cause significant consequences such as insomnia, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, lowered immune system or sadness and excessive stress.

Although everyone will have stressors at work that can affect their personal life, there are times this can become so imbalanced that something has to change. An unrewarding demanding job can undermine your health and your life. If you’re struggling from work burnout take action right away with the following steps.

Request a meeting.

Discuss your issues with your supervisor with an intention of working together to reach compromises and solutions to lessen or delegate some of the workload. Go in with a smile and a positive attitude. Be open and honest. Taking this step will show your strength and confidence.

Lean on friends and family.

Nothing feels better than venting to those who love you and are willing to listen. Sometimes just releasing all of the frustrations is helpful and you might also get some great advice you can use moving forward.

Relax when you can.

Although it might be challenging at first, put a little time aside to do something relaxing whether it be a little yoga a couple times per week or scheduling a massage. These activities will relieve stress making your job a little bit more manageable.

Break a sweat.

Going for a run or to a cycling class will not only burn calories, but will also increase the serotonin in your brain, making you feel better about everything. Plus, while you’re exercising and listening to your favorite tunes, your mind will be occupied with something besides work.

Sleep.

Although you might be finding it difficult to fall asleep each night because of the stress and lack of time, getting 7-8 hours per night restores your health and well-being. There are life-changing benefits of a good night’s sleep.

Be more mindful.

Being mindful is the act of focusing on breath flowing in and out and your senses intensely without judgement. When able, taking a moment to breathe and remind yourself of who and where you are will enable you to be more open and patient with everything and everyone at work.

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