Burnout manifests itself differently in individuals. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) it is now a recognized occupational hazard. There are several studies being conducted on burnout to determine how to diagnose burnout to begin with.
One article in verywellmind.com, did a great job of breaking down the symptoms of burnout. Citing a 2018 report by Gallup, employee burnout has 5 main causes; unreasonable time pressure, lack of support and communication of a manager, lack of role clarity, unmanageable workload and unfair treatment.
In addition, some employees might manage stress differently than others. Some may internalize and though, not evident to those around them, they may be experiencing burnout.
Symptoms of Burnout
Fatigue. People who report being exhausted at work can be on the brink of burnout. Take a moment to examine if you are struggling with insomnia due to work, unable to disconnect from your workload throughout the day and constantly worried about your job.
Anxiety. While some anxiety is good, is yours preventing you from resting? Are you making hasty decisions because of it? Are you experiencing dizziness? Are you experiencing tremors even? Physical symptoms can be deceptive as people think perhaps these symptoms are dehydration or stress. Truth is, it can be anxiety. Take a deep dive to determine the root cause of yours.
Short attention span. An inability to focus is endemic to this illness. Are you struggling with multi-tasking? It’s a skill that doesn’t improve with time. Several people get sucked into multi tasking to the point that they feel less productive when they aren’t juggling a ton of tasks. In reality, it shortens attention spans and damages people in the long term.
How to address burnout
While vacations might help you center, a digital disconnection is necessary. Step away for lunch. Don’t look at the computer on the weekends. Spend time with people you love. Avoid activities that will overwhelm your senses. A successful disconnect occurs when you notice you are not digitally wired the entire time. Cooking, painting, being outside are all great ways to chase this benefit.
While this might help, ultimately, a mental health therapist may be your best option. Pause, examine your symptoms and then reach out for help.
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