Do I Have ‘Burnout’?
Have you ever heard of “Workplace Burnout?” The topic is gaining popularity, especially in the technology sector, with its endless deadlines, fast pace, constant changes and talent turnover.
But what is it? And how is it different than just being exhausted or tired or annoyed at your boss or co-workers?
In addition to exhaustion or depletion of energy, the symptoms of ‘burnout’ include:
Feeling mentally distant from work
Experiencing negative feelings or constant cynicism
Having decreased effectiveness at your job
Exhibiting any or all of these physical ailments: insomnia, chest pains, headaches, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, gastroenterology pains
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should take immediate action.
What should I do if I have ‘Burnout’?
Experiencing burnout can be a temporary sensation, if you take action to remedy the cause or causes. This doesn’t necessarily mean quitting your job, as that’s not realistic or even possible for most people. However, being aware of the triggers at work could help you manage the side effects.
Other solutions to managing burnout can include discussing the cause of your work stress with the person responsible. Additionally, you could ask to transfer to a different department, or take a short leave of absence.
If none of these are possible, meditation and even small bouts of exercise during the day can help you clear your mind and calm your energy. There are also many small things you can do to improve your mental state: take a walk around the block, meditate, and make sure to switch off from your job when you go home.
Talking to someone, either an experienced therapist, a friend or family member, or even a stranger, could also help.
Nip burnout in the bud the second you recognize the symptoms. The longer you wait, the more serious its effects, not only on yourself but others around you. Additionally, the longer you wait, the longer it will take to pull yourself out of the vicious cycle.