Think twice before you chalk up your fatigue to the fast-paced lifestyle we all lead.
Chronic weariness, depression, alcohol and substance abuse, and even anger and irritability result from 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.
Executive coach Monique Valcour writes in Harvard Business Review that workplace conditions contributing to burnout include:
- Low levels of job control.
- Ridiculously high workloads.
- Uncivil behavior.
- Insufficient social support.
- Stressed leaders who exhibit poor behavior.
Bottom line: Burnout can put your health at risk and, due to erratic eating and too little exercise, can create problems like weight gain and high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, says the American Psychological Association.
Wonder if you’re burned out from work? If you agree with even one of these descriptions (devised by Mayo Clinic researchers), consider talking with a physician or seeking other support:
- You’ve grown critical or cynical about work.
- You’re impatient and cranky with colleagues and clients.
- It’s hard to go to work and hard to get going once you’re there.
- You can’t focus or concentrate.
- You’re feeling disillusioned with the job.
- You don’t get enough sleep.
- You have trouble staying productive.
- Even your achievements don’t deliver satisfaction.
- Drugs, alcohol or a poor diet are familiar crutches.
- You’re plagued by headaches, stomach aches, bowel problems or other miseries.
Even if you can’t leave your job, you can take the following five steps to reduce stress and minimize damage to your health.