Burnout … or just tired?

Job BurnoutSteven Brennan wrote an article for the Business Insider entitled, 13 questions to ask yourself to find out if you’re burnt out at work. At some point almost everyone has at least asked themselves, if they were burnt out. The Journal, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric defines burnout as follows: Burnout is a chronic stress syndrome which develops gradually as a consequence of prolonged stress situation. They conclude that burnout can evolve in all kinds of vocational groups and that age does not generally protect against burnout.

It is possible to misdiagnose daily work stresses as burnout, but there is substantial differences between the two conditions. Steven says that “If you’re simply tired or frustrated with your job, a nice relaxing weekend or a vacation can make a huge difference.” But if you’re burnt out the situation is serious and may require measures as serious as a job or career change.

If you would like to read the original article, it can be found here.

Elizabeth Scott, author of “8 Keys to Stress Management,” developed a list of questions that can help you figure out if you could be experiencing job burnout:

1. Have you found yourself to be increasingly critical or cynical about your job?
2. Do you have feelings of dread about going to work?
3. Do you find it difficult to stay productive and focus on your job?
4. Are you easily irritable or constantly exhausted?
5. Do you spend most of your time at work bored or overwhelmed?
6. Do you find yourself impatient and snapping at others?
7. Do you feel that you’re under an unhealthy amount of pressure?
8. Are you noticing that job satisfaction is practically nonexistent?
9. Do you feel a lack of control at work?
10. Do the requirements of your job seem confusing or overwhelming?
11. Are you using food, alcohol, or drugs to cope with the stress from your job?
12. Has your appetite or sleep schedule dramatically changed?
13. Are you often experiencing negative physical symptoms like headaches, back aches, or digestion issues?

Too many” yes” answers should motivate you to really examine if you are experiencing job burnout. Scott says that, “Some of these symptoms are also connected to depression and other health issues, so it is important to talk to your doctor or therapist if you experience these.”

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