Dear people working hard everyday,
I used to be such a workaholic only thinking about work, work and work. Like, Work is not a part of my life but almost everything. I thought it would be okay because I am young and even useful for me in the future. I was always motivated myself. The thing is, I was wrong.
I used to think I am not spending life productive when I am not working hard. You guys might think it is total bullshit. But that was me being crazy a about getting productive me in a wrong way. I was ignoring what my body and inner me have said to me at the time just to work even harder.
My body was shouting at me “I feel burnout right here!”
The matter of fact, I would be not the only one suffering. Statically, 1 of 5 workers is feeling burnout and medical expert has said this is considered as health issue to be diagnosed as an illness.
According to WHO(World Health Organization), But the burnout is not a disease yet but truly effecting to mental health issue. Most of the burnout is occurred by stress from workplace.
Herewith I share you 5 main symptoms to warn you “burnout” alert.
1. Always Tired
If you feel tired 24/7 even after sleeping enough, this would be a sign of burnout. The feeling would be like Every Monday after weekend is hell with no energy at all.
You feel exhausted and spaced out even when you are with family and friends.
2. Can’t Focus On Work
You are going to have burnout soon when you feel distance from your job and work in mental way. You would have no achievement even when you finish your task. You only care about deadlines, nothing else.
You cant’ be motivated and try to delay everything behind.
The problem is that the burnout easily comes to people who are goal oriented and ambitious on accomplishment. Those people are usually working hard because it feels like “Must-To-Do” no matter what, regardless of how they feel on the work. It is like harsh responsibility and even guilt.
3. Feel Meaningless
It is a good sign to diagnose you burnout if you suddenly became cynical and negative on your work.
It would give you bad forecasting of future and remove your goal oriented thoughts. When you came to think that works which you have enjoyed feel meaningless and useless, you might be already in burnout status.
It is also possible for your burn out if you encounter any unfair situation like discrimination, crime, scam or fraud.
Also, if you keep being denied by management levels even with your creative idea and cheerful energy for work, you would feel they turn you down feeling like “Okay, I would never bother myself and never try to develop my work to be productive in here.” This thought would bring you hell of burnout. Helplessness is a key factor of it.
4. Get Less and Lower Productivity
Your ability and productivity is evaluated less and lower when you are in burnout. Of course, with no ambition and energy, there is no power to make you work being indifferent of what you are doing skipping off.
Because Concentration, Energy and Emotional Investment on work are the keys for you to be competitive.
5. Get Sick Often
You can try to avoid tiredness on your emotion and mental that you got from work, however, Physical object does not lie.
If you keep getting sick much often and feel bad most of the time, this is the sign that your body is sending you a message saying “Try to fix working conditions that you got, as I see it is truly bad for you.”
As burnout is an illness from serious stress, it could be shown with symptoms such as high blood pressure, tense muscle(dystonia), cold, insomnia and other sleeping disorder and so on.
What You Can Do For Treatment
Of course, employers are responsible for employees having this problem with health issue from work. But in the mean time, the employees can do something to treat themselves individually.
Go to Experts for Special Treatment.
Thinking about how you have been feeling, you better go to related experts to discuss about it. Burnout has to be considered as other illnesses.
You Are You, Not Your Job.
If you only feel grateful and happy when you are done good job at work, then you have to seriously consider what is true meaning of your life. Maybe You should diversify your point of view on “Importance of career”
If you are great at workplace and proud of it, you can also feel the same in other area of life. Diversify your self-esteem.
Get Helped by Workplace.
Talk to your boss what problem you have on your working flow and process. Ask if you can have a slight change of your work. For example, You both can consider for any new projects in the company to give employee better energy.
If you are finally bored on your current work, it is a good try for you to ask to your supervisor discussing about what kind of new project and work you want to be in and learn more.
You should recognize that you have to have some time apart from work. Slow yourself down and chill on your free time. Do not underestimate stress listening what real you is saying to you.
We have to try hard to fix ultimate reason of our burnout, not changing working place or job field often.
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