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Seven signs of career burnout
Unfortunately, it’s common for people suffer from stress and depression because of their job, resulting in career burnout. Suffering from burnout can mean different things to different people, and affects all levels of experience within the workplace.
Above all else, it’s crucial for you to look after yourself. This is why we want to help you to recognise the signs of burnout, and address them as soon as you can.
Here are seven signs of burnout, and advice on how to combat them.
You may suffer from exhaustion due to insomnia. Or, you may sleep well at home but then feel exhausted during the day. Both are signs that you are suffering from burnout.
Pushing yourself to the limit when you’re tired won’t help your health. Tiredness can cause simple mistakes, lack of concentration and mood swings. If you are suffering from insomnia, get in touch with your doctor and let your superiors know you are struggling. If you need to, take some time off to catch up on sleep, and use this time to relax.
2. Difficulty concentrating
Feeling disconnected – not distracted – from your work is a sign you are stressed. Particularly if your mind is attempting to process several thoughts at once, you’re likely unable to focus on the task at hand.
It can be difficult to boost your concentration levels at work and get back into your day-to-day. However, if you take regular breaks and get involved with a project that excites you, then you should begin to see your concentration and motivation levels increase.
3. Lack of balance
Giving in to bad habits you wouldn’t normally indulge in is a sign that you need to take a moment. Overindulging in food, drinking and even smoking, can mean your mind is attempting to find respite in activities that allow you time to relax. However, after giving in to this for a while, it will eventually be detrimental to both your mental and physical health.
If you swap the extra food for the gym or just getting outdoors, and replace the excessive alcohol for a couple of social drinks with friends or family, you’ll find a healthier balance.
4. Avoiding social situations
Cutting yourself off from friends and family is a symptom of anxiety, stress and depression. This can make you feel even more isolated, sending you into a vicious cycle.
Keeping in contact with your friends and family is a way to feel relaxed and happy when you are feeling low about work. Speak openly with those closest to you, as they can help you to gain an alternative perspective on any issues that you are facing and encourage you to get additional help if necessary.
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5. Feeling inadequate
Impostor syndrome is normal to a certain extent but it can be extremely detrimental at a certain point. Once you have reached the point of feeling like you can’t do your job anymore, or that you are unsuitable for your role, it is difficult to boost your morale.
Feeling like you are inadequate in your position is a sign you are suffering from burnout. Speaking to your boss, friends, and family about your feelings can help you to dispel them.
6. Having a short fuse
If you are having uncharacteristic bursts of anger, privately crying at work, or having unnecessary arguments with your friends and family, then you could be suffering from burnout. Emotional outbursts are a sign you need to take a break and prioritise your health above all else.
Taking a break from work, such as going on holiday, or using a day to relax at home can help to calm your nerves and put things into perspective. However, if this doesn’t help, it’s worth contacting a therapist or doctor to talk through your thoughts and feelings. And remember there’s no shame in getting additional help.
7. Physical illness
Stress can do serious damage to our bodies. It’s important to look after your physical health above everything else. If you find you’ve been off work due to illnesses such as the flu, headaches, colds, dizziness, and sickness then this could be due to burnout.
If you are feeling stressed at work and it’s beginning to affect your health, be sure to take the time you need to recover. Visit your doctor to get a diagnosis and keep your superiors in the loop with your health conditions.
If you’re looking for a new work opportunity that allows you to better manage a positive work-life balance, get in touch with one of our specialist recruitment consultants today who can help you find your perfect role.
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