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Burnout

October 5, 2017
“I’m just tired.”
“I don’t care”
“Nothing I do matters anyway.”
“Why should I bother?”
 

(photo credit: CBC News)


Many of us at some point have felt this way while at work, and usually the feeling goes away after a day or two. But when these feelings continue or become worse, you may be suffering from burnout. Unlike when you feel overwhelmed due to too much stress, symptoms of burnout (although stress related) are exhibited by feeling underwhelmed.  You might feel exhausted, unmotivated to do your work, and basically lack an interest in things –which can result in a decline in job performance. Like stress, burnout creeps up on you over an extended period of time and can be caused by anything from a lack of control over your schedule or workload, to a lack of clarity about what’s expected of you, to thinking you’re in the wrong job or working with the wrong team. 
 
If you think you might be experiencing burnout you may want to talk with your doctor to first rule out any underlying health conditions, and then take action:
  • Identify what the actual stressors are
  • Evaluate the options to manage those stressors
  • Seek support from co-workers, friends, or family
  • Get regular exercise and enough sleep
Some resources:
  • 310Mental Health Support (310-6789) is a free help line available 24/7/365 in BC that provides access to emotional support, information, and resources specific to mental health. .
  • Your work place Employee Assistance Program can help if you have access to one.
If left unchecked, burnout can eventually lead to some serious health concerns such as diabetes, depression, or heart disease, among others.
 
As you consider your options, keep an open mind. But most importantly, don't let a demanding or unrewarding job undermine your health.
 
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