The Signs of Burn Out and How to Avoid It

Over time some people develop chronic stress. It makes them feel helpless and as a result they are sometimes unable to cope with the every day demands of life. And this often results in burnout.

If you fee under-appreciated or over burdened at your job, stress increases. You may feel that no matter how hard you try you just can’t get it right. In today’s job fields, the demands of jobs can be high and as a result you may not perform as well. You can lose interest in your job and even in other areas of your life as well. If you are experiencing this you may be suffering from burn out.

Burn out sometimes leads to mental health issues like depression and it can affect you physically, too. So what can you do if you are suffering from burn out on the job?

First, recognize the signs of burnout:

  • Depression
  • Constant irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Headaches

Because these are physical symptoms you should consult your doctor if you are experiencing these things.

If you determine that burn out is the reason behind all of your symptoms, you need to find a way to reduce the demands of your job. Talk to your supervisors and see if you can re-assign work to reduce some of the stress. They may be aware of the situation and willing to assign a task or two to someone that has recently been hired or someone that has finished a project and can take on more work.

Also, it is important to enjoy life as much as possible outside of work. Make time for socializing with friends. Make doing things you enjoy a priority. Re-discover nature by taking long walks or picking up a sport that you used to enjoy.

Finally, learn to say no. This can be one of the most difficult things to do and is one of the biggest reasons that people in general are experiencing more job stress. We don’t want to seem like we can’t do the job so we just work harder, work longer hours, and put more stress on ourselves. Saying no on the job is not easy but if you do it in a very round about way it can be easier. Ask if there is someone else that might have time to do the job or if this would be a great learning opportunity for a new employee. Or, you might ask if you could work on it as part of a team. Saying no when you need to will help you reduce stress and irritation and help you do other parts of your job better.