Symptoms of Burnout
- A disinterest in your job or viewing your job as frustrating. You may even find yourself hating your job.
- Low energy levels.
- Feeling drained physically and emotionally.
- Headaches or stomach pains can be physical symptoms.
- Difficulty concentrating or being productive.
- Feelings of irritability, impatience or indifference.
- A change in your sleeping patterns or even the development of a sleep disorder.
- Difficulty making decisions.
- Weight gain or loss.
- Symptoms similar to depression - low moods, crying a lot, losing interest in hobbies, withdrawing socially, increase in alcohol and drug consumption.
- Symptoms similar to anxiety - chest tightness, difficulties with breathing, muscle tension, diarrhea, sexual problems, sweating.
What causes burnout?
- Time pressure - working longer days, excessive overtime or extreme deadlines.
- A lack of support - both at home and in work
- Heavy workloads
- Working conditions may be a factor as bad conditions affects a person's psychological wellbeing as well as physical
- Unfair treatment from either management or co-workers
- Certain personality traits especially perfectionism can increase the chances of developing burnout
- Stressful home life on top of a stressful work life, maybe something has changed at home like a separation or a new baby.
- Finance difficulties or pressure to be the breadwinner in the family and therefore taking on too many hours
Frontline workers and burnout
Read coping with burnout for more
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