Question: Are You Burnout?
Burnout is a real problem.
I suffered from it. Many others have too. It was one of the reasons I started Methodical. Work & one’s social lives are now intertwined, which can be a good thing, or the complete opposite.
I could spend all day listing the panicked IMs & messages I received from bosses & co-workers at all hours of the night.
The ability to work anywhere & at any time is now part of the modern employment lexicon; it can be a blessing & in some cases a curse, making the conversation around “the burnout generation” has become so prevalent, aka workplace induced stress. For many, it may seem like you’ve to pay your dues by working yourself to the brink in order to succeed. But that needn’t be the case. Today, we are looking at ways to identify, tackle & overcome burnout; giving you the opportunity to prioritise you & your mental wellbeing whilst earning a salary.
Let me define what it actually means to “burnout”; the ADA defines burnout as a condition where a worker develops depression-like symptoms as a result of aspects of their role & can be displayed as showing signs of physical, mental and/or emotional exhaustion as a result of stress related to their job or workplace. This stress can build slowly, meaning that you or others around you aren’t aware it is happening until it is too late. Burnout can manifest as someone throwing themselves into work, developing a complex they aren’t as productive as they should be. leading to hyperactivity, anxiety; a person takes on all tasks at work with their utmost energy.
ARE YOU BURNT OUT?
We are an extremely hard working generation, with the acute awareness that most of us are natively literate with technology, are aware of the value of their skill set & will work the extra hours to prove themselves.
In an increasingly insecure working environment. All of us, on some level experience a level of stress at work. Deadlines exist & we have to meet them.
The symptoms of burnout often lies on a scale; “hyper connectivity plus glorification of constant work, most of us are ‘smouldering’ to [some] degree” Charlene Rymsha, founder of Everyday Coherence states.
So, what’s the difference between a few consecutive bad weeks or a sign of something a little more serious?
Here are a few signs that it’s more than that:
Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
Most of us have had a project or presentation that could keep you up with nerves; but are you constantly suffering from insomnia caused by work? If you are thinking about work out of hours or wake up feeling anxious it could be a problem. No job, however fulfilling should be keeping you up all night.
It Is All Getting Too Much?
If you are no longer enthused by the tasks you used to do or feel like the sheer volume of work is enough to cause an instant panic attack, then it may be time to review your working environment.
Maintaining Healthy Relationships
We can all be guilty of using work as an excuse to not go out after work, but if you feel like work is so all consuming that you literally don’t have time to have a hobby, see friends or nurture relationships with loved ones, then that’s a serious red flag.
Does This all sound too familiar?
Then you’re identifying patterns in your behaviour could lead to a serious issue. Look at where your time, effort & energies are being placed & see if you can change your behaviours for the better.
It’s impossible to be successful in all things, all the time. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Make sure you put some distance between you & work.
If it is all getting to much for you, work-wise. Take some time to seek a different perspective. You have paid holidays, use them! It’s a great way to unwind, be reflective & get back to your productive self.
Consider this, a small break away from the world of work will work wonders on your productivity once you return. A Change in perspective can be the breakthrough for a difficult or insurmountable task that you can’t get around.
If you feel seriously overwhelmed & think none of the above will alleviate your burnout. Seek professional help. Therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy, medication & in some cases, a combination of the two can help ease stress caused by your working environment.
Let’s be clear. I am NOT a medical professional, so please do not take my advice as gospel, but if you feel that your workload is seriously detrimental to your health, a medical professional should be the first place you turn to. Have a look at these tests from Psychology Today, which could help point you in the right direction.
Burnout Test (Non-Service Fields)
There is no shame is saying that you feel burnt out. Today’s “hyper connectivity plus the incessant glorification of constant work” means it is a modern symptom of our working environment.
How you react to it is important.
Your ability react in a healthy way to the stresses of work is a benefit & should not be considered a hindrance. If your team or management suggest otherwise; maybe it’s time for you to seek a new occupation.
We all need to earn a salary. But it shouldn’t be at the expense of your physical or mental health.