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Job Burnout and Your Health: What To Look Out For, And The Consequences

Job Burnout and Your Health: What To Look Out For, And The Consequences

For many Americans, the workplace is considered a second home; for those in higher-level positions, time at work may even surpass time spent at home. The average American spends approximately 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime – how can these hours affect one’s mental and physical health? An unfortunate yet common occurrence for many is job burnout, and this can have a significant toll on one’s quality of life. By recognizing the warning signs for job burnout and understanding the effects it can have on your mind and body, you can hopefully take preventative measures before things get worse.

First, what is burnout? The U.S. National Library of Medicine describes burnout as the consequences of severe stress and lofty ideals in “helping” professions – such as with doctors, nurses, and more. However, it’s important to note that burnout could technically occur in any field in which a person is feeling or becoming:

  • Drained and emotionally exhausted
  • Unable to cope
  • Tired and worn down
  • Alienated from work activities
  • Cynical about the job and one’s colleagues
  • Numb regarding work
  • Difficulty concentrating

A 2017 study published in the journal PLOS One sought to explore the consequences of burnout by analyzing a total of 36 research articles for themes. Results from the analysis resulted in burnout being a predictor of the following physical ailments: hypercholesterolemia, Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, hospitalization due to cardiovascular disorder, musculoskeletal pain, changes in pain experiences, prolonged fatigue and headaches, gastrointestinal issues, respiratory issues, severe injuries, and even mortality if under the age of 65. Mental issues found to derive from burnout included: insomnia, depressive symptoms, hospitalization for mental illness, and more.

If you’re wanting to take precautionary measures or perhaps try to reduce burnout if you’re currently experiencing it, there are several steps you can take:

  1. Analyze what aspects of your job are causing you to burnout, and see if there is something you can change about it. Too long of hours? Schedule more breaks. Too many projects? Utilize time management and distribute projects that aren’t necessary for you to do.
  2. Re-evaluate your own job expectations. Do you have realistic standards for yourself and others, or are they too high?
  3. Consider the health of your workplace team. Is communication effective or dysfunctional? For many people, the nuances of miscommunication can cause much stress and could easily be avoided if clear guidelines were set in place.
  4. Schedule a few days off if you need to. Sometimes we all need some time away from work to decompress and gain some perspective. This could be exactly what you need.

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today about programs for mental illness and addiction. It’s never too late to seek the help you need.

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