Wellness: Have you ever felt you work-life balance is seriously skewed? Perhaps you don’t get enough time with your family or friends or even in your bed? If you’re nodding to these questions beware, you could be at risk of burnout.
Do you lack energy or desire to do much once your working day has ended? Are there niggling health issues that you keep putting to the back of your mind, hoping they’ll go away by themselves or you’ll make some time to see a doctor… never?
These multiple and chronic stress-makers, if left over an extended period of time, will leave you drained and unable to do your best in any aspect of your life. Take this seriously. Life is short and should be enjoyed in both your professional and personal lives. Here are some signs taken from Forbes, for you to take note of and then make a decision to do something about – before they do it first.
If you feel tired all the time, you are exhausted, no question. It can be emotional, mental or physical, regardless, you lack energy and can never seem to replenish it.
2. Lack of Motivation
Do you find it hard to get up in the morning, you don’t feel enthusiastic about anything you do, nor can you muster up the motivation to complete anything to satisfactory level. If this is the case, you might well be experiencing burnout as you read this.
3. Frustration, Cynicism and Other Negative Emotions
Do you feel like everything is pointless, negative and the world is conspiring against you? Are these feelings more regular than most? Do people comment on them? Is this type of mentality unusual for you?
4. Cognitive Problems
Do you have problems paying attention or concentrating. Apparently, when we are stressed, our attention focuses in on the negative elements in our lives which we perceive as a threat. Whilst this can help us deal with the problem at hand, when stress becomes chronic, this narrowing focus continues for long periods of time and as such paying attention to things other than the problem becomes very difficult or impossible and this can result in bad decision making.
How do we deal with this? Well, recognising the signs early on is key. Get in tune with yourself, love yourself. Be aware of what you need to be happy and make this a priority. Turn off the mobile phone in the evenings. Get to bed earlier. Do some exercise, even if it’s getting off a stop earlier and walking – do it. Sometime, there’s nothing like a quick, brisk walk to clear the head. But more importantly, Forbes recommends you,
Figure Out When Enough Is Enough
Talk to your manager or HR about getting some stress management training—or figure out how to improve your working environment so you can do your job better and healthier. You don’t need to admit you’re suffering from stress if you think it might affect your position – it shouldn’t be that way, but sometimes, it just is, so: angle the conversation towards obtaining cultural shifts, like remote access, flexible hours, working from home, which will enable you to continue to do your job but give you a healthier work-life balance. If this is impossible, take your skills elsewhere!
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