The Drag Me to Work Syndrome

It happens to the best of us. There comes this point in your life when you just feel like you’ve had enough about your job and that you just want to call it quits. It’s called work burnout. And it’s serious. It doesn’t only affect your job but can also strain relationships and health. Good thing, there are many things you can do to avoid these scenario. Learning more about this would enable you to deal with it more effectively.

What is Job Burnout?
Burnout in general refers to the mental, emotion and physical exhaustion brought about by prolonged or excessive stress. Job burnout happens when an employee feels overwhelmed with his work that his productivity and interest in what he does decline dramatically. Burnout is accompanied by feelings of resentment, helplessness, hopelessness and cynicism. Everyday seems like a bad day and you just don’t have the vigor or energy to face your life, particularly your job.

Are Stress and Burnout the Same?
Burnout is usually caused by prolonged excessive stress but they’re not automatically the same. Stress refers to the pressures that stem out from high physical and psychological demands. Burnout, on the other hand, involves feelings of emptiness and lack of motivation. It’s also about having negative perception of your life like you just can’t find any more reason to be happy.

Simply put, stress means overengagement, overactive emotions, urgency and hyperactivity. Burnout means disengagement, blunted emotions, and loss of energy and motivation. Stress harms the physical health more than mental health. The opposite is true for burnout. Finally, while stress can kill you, burnout makes you want to die.

What are the Causes of Burnout?
The general burnout term is caused by a number of things. Job is one of the most common causes, making job burnout also the most prevalent form of this condition. Anyone can be at risk of job burnout. Those who have mean employers, highly stressful jobs, and monotonous work routine are more especially prone. Outlook also plays a role. People who have innate negative outlook are more prone to job burnout than those who are optimistic, even if they have fulfilling and high-paying careers. Other possible cases are over-demanding job expectations, lack of recognition or rewards for excellent work, lack of progress in career, and lack of time for relaxation.

How Do I Deal with Job Burnout?
First, you need to recognize the warning signs. Once you do, you need to take the necessary steps to undo the damage. These can be done through proper stress management as well as emotional support. Learn to relax. Take a leave from work and enjoy your life. Get emotional support from family and friends. Finally, you need to build strong defense against stress. Take care of both your physical and emotional health to accomplish this.

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