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Posted by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM
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 I've come to the conclusion I'm experiencing signs of burnout.  Have you ever experienced burnout?  What did you do to overcome it?

 

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leahbeah143
by Leah on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM

 I think I'm experiencing it right now to tell you the truth.

deccaf
by Platinum Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I have not.  But I think I would try for a couple days off to relax and reevaluate.  I hae a pretty easygoing job for the most part, though, so I can't complain too much.

adamsmom0116
by Gold Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Can you take some days off and go do something fun? A mini-vacation at home or something?

mumsy2three
by Shauna on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I found this article at MayoClinic.com. After reading it~ I think I am really close to a job burnout.

Job burnout: How to spot it and take action

Discover if you're at risk of job burnout — and what you can do when your job begins to affect your health and happiness.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Job burnout is a special type of job stress — a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work. If you think you might be experiencing job burnout, take a closer look at the phenomenon. What you learn may help you face the problem and take action before job burnout affects your health.

Could you be experiencing job burnout?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you become cynical or critical at work?
  • Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started once you arrive?
  • Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers or clients?
  • Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive?
  • Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements?
  • Do you feel disillusioned about your job?
  • Are you using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better or to simply not feel?
  • Have your sleep habits or appetite changed?
  • Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, backaches or other physical complaints?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing job burnout. Be sure to consult your doctor or a mental health provider, however. Some of these symptoms can also indicate certain health conditions, such as a thyroid disorder or depression.

What causes job burnout?

Job burnout can result from various factors, including:

  • Lack of control. An inability to influence decisions that affect your job — such as your schedule, assignments or workload — could lead to job burnout. So could a lack of the resources you need to do your work.
  • Unclear job expectations. If you're unclear about the degree of authority you have or what your supervisor or others expect from you, you're not likely to feel comfortable at work.
  • Dysfunctional workplace dynamics. Perhaps you work with an office bully, you feel undermined by colleagues or your boss micromanages your work. These and related situations can contribute to job stress.
  • Mismatch in values. If your values differ from the way your employer does business or handles grievances, the mismatch may eventually take a toll.
  • Poor job fit. If your job doesn't fit your interests and skills, it may become increasingly stressful over time.
  • Extremes of activity. When a job is always monotonous or chaotic, you need constant energy to remain focused — which can lead to fatigue and job burnout.
  • Lack of social support. If you feel isolated at work and in your personal life, you may feel more stressed.
  • Work-life imbalance. If your work takes up so much of your time and effort that you don't have the energy to spend time with your family and friends, you may burn out quickly.
  • Job burnout: How to spot it and take action

    Who's at risk of job burnout?

    You may be more likely to experience job burnout if:

  • You identify so strongly with work that you lack a reasonable balance between your work life and your personal life
  • You try to be everything to everyone
  • You work in a helping profession, such as health care, counseling or teaching
  • You feel you have little or no control over your work
  • Your job is monotonous

What are the consequences of job burnout?

Ignored or unaddressed job burnout can have significant consequences, including:

  • Excessive stress
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • A negative spillover into personal relationships or home life
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes, especially in women
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Vulnerability to illnesses

Remember, if you think you may be experiencing job burnout, don't ignore your symptoms. Consult your doctor or a mental health provider to identify or rule out any underlying health conditions.

What's the best way to handle job burnout?

If you're concerned about job burnout, take action. To get started:

  • Manage the stressors that contribute to job burnout. Once you've identified what's fueling your feelings of job burnout, you can make a plan to address the issues.
  • Evaluate your options. Discuss specific concerns with your supervisor. Perhaps you can work together to change expectations or reach compromises or solutions. Is job sharing an option? What about telecommuting or flexing your time? Would it help to establish a mentoring relationship? What are the options for continuing education or professional development?
  • Adjust your attitude. If you've become cynical at work, consider ways to improve your outlook. Rediscover enjoyable aspects of your work. Recognize co-workers for valuable contributions or a job well done. Take short breaks throughout the day. Spend time away from work doing things you enjoy.
  • Seek support. Whether you reach out to co-workers, friends, loved ones or others, support and collaboration may help you cope with job stress and feelings of burnout. If you have access to an employee assistance program (EAP), take advantage of the available services.
  • Assess your interests, skills and passions. An honest assessment can help you decide whether you should consider an alternative job, such as one that's less demanding or one that better matches your interests or core values.
  • Get some exercise. Regular physical activity, like walking or biking, can help you to better deal with stress. It can also help get your mind off work and focus on something else.

The bottom line? Keep an open mind as you consider the options. Don't let a demanding or unrewarding job undermine your health.

HotMama330
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:49 PM

 No, I'm self employed.  If I take a day off, that's money lost.  We also can't afford to do anything because we're having some home improvements done in the spring.

Quoting adamsmom0116:

Can you take some days off and go do something fun? A mini-vacation at home or something?

 

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HotMama330
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:50 PM

 How are you dealing with it?

Quoting leahbeah143:

 I think I'm experiencing it right now to tell you the truth.

 

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HotMama330
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:53 PM

 Thanks for taking the time out to look that up for me.  That is what I'm experiencing.  Now I need to use some of the tips in the "how to handle burnout" section.

Quoting mumsy2three:

I found this article at MayoClinic.com. After reading it~ I think I am really close to a job burnout.

Job burnout: How to spot it and take action

Discover if you're at risk of job burnout — and what you can do when your job begins to affect your health and happiness.

By Mayo Clinic staff

Job burnout is a special type of job stress — a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work. If you think you might be experiencing job burnout, take a closer look at the phenomenon. What you learn may help you face the problem and take action before job burnout affects your health.

Could you be experiencing job burnout?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you become cynical or critical at work?
  • Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started once you arrive?
  • Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers or clients?
  • Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive?
  • Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements?
  • Do you feel disillusioned about your job?
  • Are you using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better or to simply not feel?
  • Have your sleep habits or appetite changed?
  • Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, backaches or other physical complaints?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be experiencing job burnout. Be sure to consult your doctor or a mental health provider, however. Some of these symptoms can also indicate certain health conditions, such as a thyroid disorder or depression.

What causes job burnout?

Job burnout can result from various factors, including:

  • Lack of control. An inability to influence decisions that affect your job — such as your schedule, assignments or workload — could lead to job burnout. So could a lack of the resources you need to do your work.
  • Unclear job expectations. If you're unclear about the degree of authority you have or what your supervisor or others expect from you, you're not likely to feel comfortable at work.
  • Dysfunctional workplace dynamics. Perhaps you work with an office bully, you feel undermined by colleagues or your boss micromanages your work. These and related situations can contribute to job stress.
  • Mismatch in values. If your values differ from the way your employer does business or handles grievances, the mismatch may eventually take a toll.
  • Poor job fit. If your job doesn't fit your interests and skills, it may become increasingly stressful over time.
  • Extremes of activity. When a job is always monotonous or chaotic, you need constant energy to remain focused — which can lead to fatigue and job burnout.
  • Lack of social support. If you feel isolated at work and in your personal life, you may feel more stressed.
  • Work-life imbalance. If your work takes up so much of your time and effort that you don't have the energy to spend time with your family and friends, you may burn out quickly.
  • Job burnout: How to spot it and take action

    Who's at risk of job burnout?

    You may be more likely to experience job burnout if:

  • You identify so strongly with work that you lack a reasonable balance between your work life and your personal life
  • You try to be everything to everyone
  • You work in a helping profession, such as health care, counseling or teaching
  • You feel you have little or no control over your work
  • Your job is monotonous

What are the consequences of job burnout?

Ignored or unaddressed job burnout can have significant consequences, including:

  • Excessive stress
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • A negative spillover into personal relationships or home life
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes, especially in women
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Vulnerability to illnesses

Remember, if you think you may be experiencing job burnout, don't ignore your symptoms. Consult your doctor or a mental health provider to identify or rule out any underlying health conditions.

What's the best way to handle job burnout?

If you're concerned about job burnout, take action. To get started:

  • Manage the stressors that contribute to job burnout. Once you've identified what's fueling your feelings of job burnout, you can make a plan to address the issues.
  • Evaluate your options. Discuss specific concerns with your supervisor. Perhaps you can work together to change expectations or reach compromises or solutions. Is job sharing an option? What about telecommuting or flexing your time? Would it help to establish a mentoring relationship? What are the options for continuing education or professional development?
  • Adjust your attitude. If you've become cynical at work, consider ways to improve your outlook. Rediscover enjoyable aspects of your work. Recognize co-workers for valuable contributions or a job well done. Take short breaks throughout the day. Spend time away from work doing things you enjoy.
  • Seek support. Whether you reach out to co-workers, friends, loved ones or others, support and collaboration may help you cope with job stress and feelings of burnout. If you have access to an employee assistance program (EAP), take advantage of the available services.
  • Assess your interests, skills and passions. An honest assessment can help you decide whether you should consider an alternative job, such as one that's less demanding or one that better matches your interests or core values.
  • Get some exercise. Regular physical activity, like walking or biking, can help you to better deal with stress. It can also help get your mind off work and focus on something else.

The bottom line? Keep an open mind as you consider the options. Don't let a demanding or unrewarding job undermine your health.

 

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HotMama330
by Bronze Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM

 Out of curiousity, what is it that you do?

Quoting deccaf:

I have not.  But I think I would try for a couple days off to relax and reevaluate.  I hae a pretty easygoing job for the most part, though, so I can't complain too much.

 

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deccaf
by Platinum Member on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Quoting HotMama330:

 Out of curiousity, what is it that you do?

Quoting deccaf:

I have not.  But I think I would try for a couple days off to relax and reevaluate.  I hae a pretty easygoing job for the most part, though, so I can't complain too much.

 


This may seem odd, but I work in accounting. But the company and my boss make it an easygoing place to work. Plus I love what I do, so that is a huge bonus.
leahbeah143
by Leah on Mar. 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM

 honestly, I'm thinking about getting myself into some counseling. It's causing me to have depression and panic attacks.

Quoting HotMama330:

 How are you dealing with it?

Quoting leahbeah143:

 I think I'm experiencing it right now to tell you the truth.

 

 

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