The Burnout - Facts. Solutions.
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
Responsible and intense work, a high sense of responsibility, perfectionism, high standards of practice, enormous workload, inadequate material and mental evaluation, and low social support are prerequisites for burnout.
Recently, the burnout was defined as a syndrome by the World Health Organization (a group of symptoms that co-occur) linked to long-term, unresolved, work-related stress.
What is this "illness of the modern employee"? What are the symptoms? What steps should be taken to recover?
Burnout syndrome is a state of emotional and (or) physical fatigue and exhaustion that is the result of prolonged emotional discomfort. American psychologist Herbert Freundberger first described the phenomenon of burnout syndrome in 1970 as stress that can affect anyone. Since then, burnout has not been taken seriously as the real medical condition, despite the broad discussions in society.
Now it is official – World Health Organization has recognized a burnout as a medical diagnosis which is limited to the work environment and shouldn't be projected on other life situations.
A recent Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that 23 % of employees reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, while an additional 44 % reported feeling burned out sometimes.
A common signs of burnout
1. Alienation from work-related activities
Individuals experiencing burnout view their jobs as increasingly stressful and frustrating. They may grow cynical about their working conditions and the people they work with. They may also emotionally distance themselves and begin to feel numb about their work.
2. Physical symptoms
Chronic stress may lead to physical symptoms, like headaches and stomach-aches or intestinal issues.
3. Emotional exhaustion
Burnout causes people to feel drained, unable to cope, and tired. They often lack energy to get their work done. Person feels tired even after has just woke up. It is apathy for things you used to love - you don't want to go to work, the interest in life disappears, everything becomes indifferent, nothing delights anymore, the feeling of pleasure disappears and is replaced with the sense of hopelessness.
4. Reduced performance
Burnout mainly affects everyday tasks at work—or in the home when someone's main job involves caring for family members. Individuals with burnout feel negative about tasks. They have difficulty concentrating and often lack creativity.
A person avoids work-related activities because they feel emotionally unstable and uncomfortable. Motivation for personal growth, development, and improvement oneself is reduced. A person ambition remains still, and his level of achievement is reduced.
1. Acceptance of the problem is the first step of its solvation
It is not shameful to suffer from stress caused diseases. You should share worries about mental health with an HR at your company, oldest manager, or whoever is in charge. It would be best if you asked for time off, for a helper at work or division of the tasks you have.
2. Reach for people
Nature has developed skills of social interaction for human beings as the natural antidote to stress. A good listener is the best way to relieve stress, so reach for those who care about you. Opening to people does not make you burden to them.
As well as reaching for ones you like to spend time with, try to suspend those who make you unhappy, angry, or negative minded. Negativity does not improve mental healing.
The best solution to handle the burnout is simply by quitting a job for some time. Sure this sort of luxury is not affordable for all of us, and we are grateful that we have something that pays bills.
Try to find some value in your job. Look for things you enjoy at your work – even the smallest ones – the chatting with co-workers, your working desk, or even the smell of room you're working in.
Find joy in non-working time. Spend time with family, friends, or yourself. Don't mix work with free time. Switch off the phone after the workday, and don't check the e-mails. Your precious time should belong only to you and your beloved ones.
4. Re-evaluate priorities
Burnout syndrome signalizes that something important in your life is missing or not working well.
Take time and think about it. Set boundaries and learn how to say "no." Don't overextend yourself.
Take a break from technology and go for an active lifestyle. Try a long walk, jogging, or merely reading a book in the park.
Boost your creativity! It is a powerful tool to fight mental exhaustion. Try out painting or drawing, even if you don't know-how. Who cares?
Get enough sleep and good food - an essential fuel to your brain. Comfort foods as pasta and fries, sugar, and coffee quickly lead to a crash in mood and energy, making you more tired.
Day Worker Team Janis T.
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