What is Job Burnout and Do I Have It?

 

The most commonly talked about type of burnout is job burnout.

 

Often job burnout leads to professional burnout, which is when a person chooses to leave an entire profession in order to regain psychological wellness and physical well-being.

 

Worse case scenario is when job burnout leads to professional burnout and then to life burnout.

 

People experiencing burnout are tired of not showing up in life in a way that feels good. More times than not people on the road to burnout start doing just enough - the bare minimum - rather than their best. They lose track of self-care and become isolated from family and friends.

 

According to the researchers who study and measure the experience of burnout, there are 3 major characteristics:

 

  • Overwhelming exhaustion

  • Cynicism and detachment

  • A sense of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment

 

If this sounds like you, do not despair! Recovery from burnout is possible and been accomplished by many people.

 

Here are a few tips to get you started:

 

Examine how you think about work. Are you unhappy with the work itself or is it the environment? Has it always felt bad or is this a result of something new?

 

Ask for help from trusted family members, friends and positive coworkers. Ask those you trust for feedback about what they observe about your behaviors and how you talk about work, life, etc. While accepting feedback can be challenging, hearing from those with your best interest at heart may be the very thing to help you gain perspective on the situation.

 

Get moving! Commit to taking a few minutes every hour to leave your desk. Better yet, move every hour and take a lunch break. Taking little breaks has been shown to clear the mind, increase productivity, and help relieve muscle tension.

 

Daily doses of self-care. Taking 15 minutes a day for yourself has been scientifically shown to improve psychological wellness. And if you think you don’t have 15 minutes to spare, this is a sign on the road to burnout!

 

Lastly, if you recognize you’re suffering from compassion fatigue, do not assume you’re doomed to experience job, professional or life burnout. In addition to the tips above, create a prevention well-being plan today!

 

 

Dr. Erika

Smooth Rock Psychological Services, LLC

Smoothrockpsychological.com

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