9 Signs You’re Suffering Job Burnout, and What to Do About It

For the sake of your life and your career, take action if you are experiencing these symptoms.

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Think twice before you chalk up your fatigue to the fast-paced lifestyle we all lead.

Chronic weariness, anxiety, depression and even anger are all signs that point toward job burnout. That’s a specific type of physical, emotional and mental fatigue that experts at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, caution can adversely impact your health.

“People are most likely to experience burnout in the face of conditions such as unrealistically high workloads, low levels of job control, incivility, bullying, administrative hassles, low social support, poor organizational resources, stressed leaders and negative leadership behaviors,” executive coach Monique Valcour wrote recently for Harvard Business Review. “Organizations with rampant burnout are like centers of infectious disease outbreaks. Many people exhibit symptoms, and the deleterious effects reverberate throughout the whole system of employee relationships, both in and out of the workplace.”

Bottom line: Burnout can put your health at risk. Over time, it can cause everything from weight gain, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels, due to erratic eating, to increased risks of heart disease and heart attacks, according to the American Psychological Association.

Burnout can also lead to insomnia, anxiety, depression, alcohol and substance abuse, strokes and more, says the Mayo Clinic. Job burnout can also lead to negative behaviors — anger, heightened emotions, impaired judgment — in your personal life.

Wonder if you’re suffering from burnout? Ask yourself these questions devised by Mayo Clinic researchers. They recommend that if you answer “yes” to even one of these questions, you should consider consulting a physician or seek other support.


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