I think I am burnt out.
This occurred to me today due to the way I have been feeling for the past few months.
I tend to feel fatigued, disinterested and dissatisfied with most things in my life.
So what is Burnout?
Everyone gets tired, after a stressful week and we all want to rest. But something is seriously wrong, when you sleep for more than 10 hours and you wake up even more tired than when you went to bed.
Burnout is usually more obvious at work because you tend to feel overly critical, you dread going to work, have little interest in your job and have low energy.
There are other symptoms of burnout that include feeling of emptiness, difficulty sleeping, headaches and emotional problems.
So how is this different from stress?
The difference between burnout and stress is that stress is short term and can be caused by a loss of control while burnout usually happens over a longer period of time.
They are quite similar but they also have some differences.
Both are usually related to work and the way you feel about your job.
When you are stressed out you might suffer from fatigue but after a good vacation you would feel rejuvenated and ready to work. While with burnout after your vacation you come back to work and the feeling of fatigue and discontentment comes flooding back.
What are the symptoms of burnout?
You may suffer from burnout if you feel that your job is meaningless and you are just trying to get through the day.
You feel listless, lack energy and not motivated by new challenges.
Over time you tend to feel critical and cynical about the job.
What are the causes of burnout?
Burnout may be caused by a lack of control over your work, dysfunctional work place or a bad boss.
You can also suffer from burnout if you are working in a place that does not fulfill your sense of self-actualization. For one reason or the other you feel that you have to stay in the job either for financial reasons or lack of job opportunities.
Burnout can also be caused by being overworked and getting little or no recognition for your hard work. You put in so much effort and no one seems to appreciate it.
Why is burnout dangerous?
Being burnout can be dangerous because it can lead to physical and psychological problems such as headaches, body pains and a drop in productivity.
It can also lead to problems in both your jobs and personal life.
It can also impact your health by causing sleeplessness, and depression.
How can you cure burnout?
There is no cure for burnout other than changing the circumstances that causes your burnout such as your job.
But in the short run you can manage the symptoms of burnout by changing the way your view your job.
If your burnout is caused by a need to change your career then look into what you need to do to go into a career that you would prefer.
You can also try and reduce your workload by prioritizing the tasks assigned to you and try delegating to your colleagues. You can also try asking for help when you need it, and speak out when given unreasonable deadlines.
Exercise is also a great way to relieve both stress and burnout, find a workout you enjoy such as jogging or walking and try and incorporate it into your daily routine.
Meditating and yoga are also great stress relievers. They help calm the mind and lets you focus on what is important.
These are some of the ways in which you can relieve burnout but ultimately it is up to you to make a change. You have only one life to live so you have to live the best life you can live. Being happy is not a privilege it is a right so do what you can today to be the happiest you can be.
Photo by marcolm. Published on 19 December 2012
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