Our health is the most valuable resource you have. Without good health, you can’t expect to find professional success, develop healthy relationships or achieve your financial goals. To put it simply, you’re nothing without your health. Some health problems can’t be anticipated or avoided, but many others are influenced by your everyday life. Work burnout falls into the second category and is one of the most common reasons for poor mental and physical health.
Do you often find yourself wondering, “Am I burnt out?” Anticipating and understanding what will give us energy and what will drain us is crucial to experiencing a life of joy and fulfillment. But many aren’t sure what they should be aware of, much less how to prevent work burnout or embrace fulfilling strategies. As a result, they feel stressed, sick and burned out. You may have even felt this way for so long you think it’s normal.
Stress doesn’t just impact you, either. When you are consistently showing burnout symptoms, you are directly affecting the people around you, even if you don’t mean to. Relationships with coworkers, friends and loved ones are all impacted by your stress and signs of a burnout are commonly recognized by others before you even notice them yourself. Here are some common signs of a work burnout:
Your stress levels can directly impact your health – and what’s the number one source of stress in most people’s lives? Money. How do you acquire money? By working.
Does this sound familiar? You’ve chosen to stay in a workplace you hate because you’re terrified that you won’t be able to make ends meet. You desperately want the steady paycheck, so you stagnate in a job where you hate being at the office day after day. “I can’t quit,” you say, so you keep clocking in, working the long hours and obeying a disrespectful boss. You lose sleep – and the sleep that you get isn’t particularly restful. If you keep this up long enough, you pass the threshold of stress and head into work burnout.
Skyrocketing blood pressure and a lowered immune system are common signs of burnout. A cold might knock you down for two weeks instead of two days. Your memory might start slipping. Headaches, premature aging and insomnia are other burnout symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.
If you’re miserable at your job, then you should make preparations to move on – but in the meantime, you can fight back against work burnout by changing how you handle stress. Do you face numerous obstacles at work? Treat them as opportunities to learn and grow instead of something placed squarely in your path to stop you.
As you change the way you handle stress, you should change the way you think about your situation. If you’re telling yourself – even subconsciously – that you’re trapped and experiencing symptoms of a burnout, eventually your mind will believe it. This can stop you from taking action which leads to even more stress. One of the best ways to ensure you stay happy and don’t experience work burnout is to find a career that involves work you love or learn how to love the work you already do. Sometimes simply reframing how you look at your career can be the key to avoiding burnout.
Alleviating work burnout is only one step on the road to total wellness. Poor diet and lack of exercise, aging, illness, cost and access to healthcare and stress impact millions of people each year. By taking control of your life and focusing on the elements that you can influence, like choosing to adopt a sustainable health diet and start an exercise regimen, you can become a healthier, stronger and happier person.
source: 1. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Many of these health triggers can be mitigated if you’re aware of them and focus on prevention. Burnout symptoms and other forms of stress are usually quite similar in nature and learning how to deal with them as a whole can prolong your life. While there may not be much you can do about aging, maintaining a healthy, active life goes a long way in retaining mobility and independence. Physical activity can strengthen the body and the mind and help control your stress levels and prevent work burnout. Gaining control of the stressors in your life – including stress itself – can ease symptoms of burnout and help you get back on the road to a happier, healthier life.
Without health, you won’t achieve any of your goals. At Tony Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within, you’ll examine your current lifestyle and understand the power of maintaining good health throughout your life.