Are You Suffering from Burnout and Stress at Work?
Are you feeling exhausted and stressed from work? Do you suspect you’re “burnt out”? Maybe you’ve been feeling nervous about talking to your healthcare practitioner about it, because you don’t want to seem like you’re complaining. After all, everybody works and everybody has stress. Well, you don’t have to worry about being seen as anything less than someone legitimately suffering. As of 2019, burnout is a legitimized medical syndrome under the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Burnout accounts for an increasingly greater proportion of work sick days than the flu.
So, what is burnout?
Burnout is generally defined as feeling like you’re in a state of mental and/or physical collapse, directly related to being overworked or extremely stressed at work. Symptoms vary per person. Some questions you can ask yourself to assess how you feel include:
● Do you feel a loss of energy that overwhelms you to the point of feeling unproductive at work?
● Do you feel like you have to drag yourself to work each day, and have difficulty getting started once you’re there?
● Do you feel like you’ve lost your personal identity and feel disillusioned with your job? Maybe you’re unusually cranky or cynical at work?
● Have you turned to food, alcohol, or pills to cope?
● Do you find it hard to concentrate?
● Do you have headaches, stomach aches, or bowel issues that seem to be otherwise unexplained?
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you might be experiencing burnout, and it’s time to take your health into your hands. The consequences of unaddressed burnout are severe and range from diabetes to stroke to depression to alcohol abuse. Burnout is such a serious issue that we will be featuring this topic again on Helthe Connect, discussing causative factors, rates and statistics pertaining to burnout, what you and your organization can do to prevent burnout, and what you can do-alone and in conjunction with your healthcare and wellness providers-to decrease any effects of burnout that you might already be experiencing.
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