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DO YOU FIND YOURSELF saying; "Oh gosh, Mon-
day again!", or maybe it's "Steups, I really not feeling
for work today, yes." Well, maybe you really hate
your job, or maybe right now you're just overworked.
Or it could be that the pressure at work is just too
much for you. As it is, we live in very stressful times,
so it is easy to mistake job burnout for daily work
stress and vice versa.
If you're simply tired or frustrated with your job, a
nice relaxing weekend or a vacation can probably
make a difference. But if you're burnt out, that, my
friend, is a different story.
Burnout is a psychological term that refers to long-
term exhaustion and diminished interest in work.
Burnout has been assumed to result from chronic
occupational stress (e.g., work overload). This state
of chronic stress can lead to exhaustion, detach-
ment, and feelings of ineffectiveness. This alto-
gether, as you can guess, is a much more serious
situation and can, according to "experts" require a
job or career change.
Wellness coach and author of "8 Keys to Stress
Management", Elizabeth Scott, has developed a list
of questions that can help you figure out if you
could be experiencing job burnout:
• Have you found yourself to be increasingly critical
or cynical about your job?
• Do you have feelings of dread about going to
• Do you find it difficult to stay productive and focus
on your job?
• Are you easily irritable or constantly exhausted?
• Do you spend most of your time at work bored or
• Do you find yourself impatient and snapping at
• Do you feel that you're under an unhealthy
amount of pressure?
• Are you noticing that job satisfaction is practically
• Do you feel a lack of control at work?
• Do the requirements of your job seem confusing
• Are you using food, alcohol, or drugs to cope with
the stress from your job?
• Has your appetite or sleep schedule dramatically
• Are you often experiencing negative physical
symptoms like headaches, back aches, or digestion
If you find yourself answering yes to many of these
questions, there is a chance you are approaching or
experiencing job burnout.
"Some of these symptoms are also connected to
depression and other health issues, so it is impor-
tant to talk to your doctor or therapist if you experi-
ence these," Scott says. Regardless of the cause,
how you manage your job-related stress is serious
business. If your stress levels continue to build up
over time, job burnout is a likely result.
Stress expert Kathleen Hall, founder and CEO of
The Stress Institute and Mindful Living Network,
helps people manage their physical and mental
In a recent article, Hall shared a list of emotional and
physical symptoms that are clear-cut signs that you
may be, in fact, experiencing job burnout.
Being too stressed can take an emotional toll, which
in turn can affect your job performance and relation-
Here are the emotional symptoms of job burnout:
• Lack of motivation
• Feelings of detachment
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Job burnout extends beyond how you feel
mentally. It can create serious physical
problems that can become dangerous.
Here are the physical symptoms of job
• Gastrointestinal problems (GI tract, ab-
dominal pain, reflux, constipation, or diar-
• Repetitive headaches
• Back pain
• Insomnia or chronic exhaustion
• Unusual weight fluctuation
Hall says that; "Stress is a great thing, be-
cause it causes us to stop and assess our
jobs and the unhealthy and unhappy
choices we are making in our lives."
When workplace stress turns into chronic
stress, however, it can affect much more
than your career success. "Chronic stress
creates health problems such as hyperten-
sion, heart disease, obesity, chronic pain,
and an increase of cholesterol," Hall says.
Above all else it is important that you do
not suffer alone. Consider talking to your
supervisor; many companies do have pro-
grammes in place that may help. Talk to
your friends --- actually, when last have you
just "let it all hang out?" Yes, I mean lime.
Furthermore, people, taking a vacation can
provide benefits like improved mental
health and a lower risk of burnout. And if
your symptoms appear to be chronic or
severe, consider speaking with a health-
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