Everyday stress can be fleeting and is typically linked to specific events or situations. You may develop Physical symptoms and a sense of urgency. Once the stressful situation passes, those feelings are relieved.
On the other hand, stress without let-up can lead to a state of burnout with serious health problems. for many employees, burnout is related to an imbalance between your personal values and goals and your work responsibilities. Examples: unanticipated changes in workload or work environment, unresolved family issues or lack of time for personal pursuits.
The key to managing burnout is to watch for warning signs:
- Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed most of the time.
- Feeling disconnected from your work, home life and other people.
- Frequently getting sick and missing work.
- Being pessimistic and cynical at or about work.
- Changes in sleep and appetite.
- Increased headaches, backaches and digestive problems.
If you think you are experiencing burnout, take action:
- Seek support. Talk with a mentor, counselor or trusted friend or family member.
- Change your outlook. Focus on the positive aspects of your job. Find ways to incorporate more of what you enjoy into your day-to-day work.
- Communicate. Talk openly with your supervisor or family members about your concerns and how to improve your situation.
- Self-reflect. Take time to think about your larger personal and professional goals, and pursue a long-term plan to achieve them.
- Take a break. Use vacation to enjoy a much-needed change of pace. Regular breaks to rest and recharge are key to managing stress–before you reach burnout.
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