How To Avoid Burnout At Your Job

By Brian Wallace

December 12, 2017   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

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Stress that builds over time can lead to burn out. Once you have it, you’ll have a hard time doing your best at work and this can affect your productivity. Apart from that, burnout can also cause a lot of health problems.

Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to prevent and recover from burnout. We’ll get to that in a bit but first, let’s talk about the signs first.

What Are The Signs Of Burnout?

When you feel like your job doesn’t matter or when you are constantly feeling frustrated, you might be starting to get burned out. Job stress can build over time and if you don’t deal with it as it comes, you run the risk of ending up in a really bad place.

Some of the most common signs of burnout include:

  • Being overly cynical or critical
  • Forcing yourself to get back on task
  • Trying to find the motivation to go to work
  • Being short-tempered with your colleagues
  • Experiencing a drastic shift in your eating or drinking habits
  • Not being thankful for your job

Stress builds over time and can overwhelm you if you aren’t careful. Little things can seem like huge things if you let them build. This stress can creep into your personal life and start to affect your health over time.

Who Gets Burnout The Most?

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People working in high-stress jobs are more prone to experiencing burnout than other people. The list includes:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Social workers
  • School leaders
  • Attorneys
  • Police officers and other law enforcers
  • Public accountant
  • People working in fast food

Anyone who deals with the public on a regular basis is prone to being abused for no good reason. Think of the people at your local burger restaurant getting yelled at for things that are completely out of their control. The same is true for teachers who have to deal with kids who are having problems at home and doctors and nurses who deal with sick and dying people on a regular basis.

All that stress can build up and lead to serious problems.

How Can Burnout Affect Your Life

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When you don’t deal with your stress, it will build and eventually boil over. It can also lead to serious long-term health consequences such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Diabetes
  • Anxiety

You know how sometimes you will have a bad day and a minor annoyance will set you over the edge? That’s what happens when you don’t deal with chronic burnout. Eventually, it will manifest itself in more serious ways.

See Also: 10 Habits That Can Prevent Heart Disease

How to Avoid Burnout

Taking time to take care of yourself is important when you are starting to get burned out. When you notice the signs, it’s time to act. Don’t wait until your health suffers from stress before you make changes in your habit.

Some of the most useful and effective ways to deal with building stress include:

  • Unplug and take a break from the digital world
  • Delegate tasks whenever possible
  • Get regular exercise
  • Make sure you are sleeping a full 7 to 8 hours a night
  • Meditate or do relaxation breathing

Taking time out to do a few little things to relieve your stress can make all the difference. Addressing your stressors head on can prevent them from building up and leading you to more serious problems.

See Also: 4 Ways To Reduce Stress Inside and Outside of Work

When you are ready to confront your burnout, you are ready to change your life for the better. Some people never learn how to deal with their stress and it often ends up costing them dearly. You have the power to prevent stress at work from taking over your life and ruining your health. Learn more about dealing with your stress before it burns you out completely from this infographic!

Burnout Recovery
Source: Best Medical Degrees

Brian Wallace

Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, and hosts the Next Action Podcast. Brian has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-present and joined the SXSW Advisory Board in 2019.

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