Work Burnout: How to Enjoy Life Again
We all have those days where we feel like we can’t take anymore. Our plate has been piled so high that it’s toppled over. Maybe work has you stressed to the max, or you’re trying to get things done. Maybe you're going through difficulties with your partner.
Mental fatigue can be just as detrimental to your health as physical fatigue. In fact, when we’re mentally exhausted, we usually feel it in some physical way.
We may feel extremely tired. We may ache all over. Maybe our immune system takes a hit and we get sick.
The good news is that you can take steps to overcome your mental fatigue. Tapping Therapy can help. But how can you tell if you’re suffering from work burnout or something else entirely?
What is a Work Burnout?
Burnout describes a state of mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion that can be caused by long term, chronic stress. You may experience burnout when you feel emotionally drained, overwhelmed, and not able to meet constant demands anymore.
As the stress doesn’t go anywhere, you begin to lose motivation and interest to do anything.
Burnout sucks out your energy and reduces productivity, leaving you feeling resentful, hopeless, and helpless. Over time, you start feeling like you have nothing more to give.
The negative effects of a work burnout can spill into every other area of your life – whether it be work, school, or social life. Burnout can also cause physical changes in your body that can make you vulnerable to diseases like cold and flu.
It’s crucial to deal with burnout right away, as it has numerous negative consequences on all aspects of your life.
The Difference Between Stress and Burnout
Burnout can be caused by continuous stress, but it’s different from being under too much stress.
- Stress involves too much of everything: too many pressures and demands that require too much physical and mental involvement. However, stressed people still believe that they can feel better if they manage to get everything under control.
- On the other hand, burnout is about “not enough”. When you feel burnt out, you feel empty and exhausted, don’t have any motivation, and don’t care about anything. People experiencing burnout often don’t see any hope of positive change in the future.
If excessive stress makes you feel like you can’t handle all the responsibilities, burnout is a feeling of being empty. And while you usually recognize when you are stressed, you may not even notice when work burnout creeps up on you.
Burnout: Symptoms and Signs
There are some red flags that can indicate that you are about to reach a job burnout. Common signs and symptoms of a burnout include:
1. You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Had a Day Off
When was the last time you had time off to relax and do something that makes you happy? We’re not talking about having an hour before bed to unwind. We’re talking about an entire day or more?
If you can’t remember the last time you had some downtime, then you may be suffering from mental exhaustion.
We live in a society that glamorizes being busy and working 24/7, but this is not a healthy way to live. Everyone needs a rest. Everyone needs to recharge. It is vital to your physical and mental health.
2. You Hit a Roadblock
Sometimes, we hit a mental roadblock when we just have no energy left. It’s our mind’s way of telling us that enough is enough. It’s time to rest.
If you find yourself spending more time trying to solve problems that were once easy tasks, listen to this sign.
3. Emotions are Running High
Have you ever felt irritated or grumpy when you were tired? Mental exhaustion can have the same effect. Emotions are amplified, and in some cases, this can feel like depression. Most of the time, these emotions are negative.
It’s difficult to have a positive outlook when you feel overwhelmed and emotionally fatigued.
4. You Can’t Say No
Mental fatigue has many causes, but in many cases, it’s because you feel overwhelmed by how much you’ve put on your plate.
Everyone’s plate size is different. Your friend’s plate may be bigger and better able to support the weight of more commitments. It’s okay to say no.
It’s okay to take on only what you can handle – nothing more. Pushing yourself over the limit will do nothing but make you feel emotionally and mentally exhausted.
5. You’re Experiencing Physical Symptoms
We often don’t realize that mental exhaustion can manifest itself through physical symptoms. If we ignore the initial warning signs, like feeling stressed and overwhelmed, the mind sends out a louder warning signal.
Mental fatigue can show up as headaches, loss of appetite, stomach issues, insomnia or extreme exhaustion.
Burnout Risk Factors
A high-pressure job doesn’t necessarily lead to a burnout. If you manage to deal with stress effectively, you may not experience any negative effects.
But some people are at a higher risk than others. Work burnout has five main contributing factors:
- Lack of support from a manager. Communication and support from a manager provides a psychological barrier against stress. Employees who feel supported by their manager or supervisor are a lot less likely to experience burnout.
- Unreasonable time pressure. Employees who feel like they have enough time to complete their work are a lot less likely to experience burnout at work. People who work at time-sensitive jobs, like paramedics and firefighters, are at a higher risk of a work burnout.
- Unmanageable workload. When there are too many tasks to manage, even the most optimistic employee will feel hopeless. The feeling of being overwhelmed can contribute to burnout significantly.
- Lack of role clarity. When expectations aren’t clear, it is easy to become exhausted simply by trying to figure out your responsibilities and what you are supposed to be doing.
- Unfair treatment. Employees who are treated unfairly at work can burnout quickly. Things like unfair compensation, favoritism, and mistreatment from co-workers can all lead to the feeling of helplessness and exhaustion.
Prevention and Treatment
Luckily, burnout is a reversible condition. If you are feeling burned out, you may need to make some changes to your work environment.
If you have some problems at work, approaching a human resources department or talking to your manager can be useful to create a healthier workplace environment.
In other cases, you may need to change a position or get a new job altogether to get rid of a work burnout.
It may also be useful to create clear stress-management techniques for preventing burnout. Strategies like self-care can include getting enough exercise, eating a healthy diet, and following a regular sleep schedule. By taking care of your well-being, you will be able to alleviate some of the negative effects of a stressful job.
Taking some time off to spend it with family and friends or going on a vacation can offer you some temporary relief, but it is often not enough to beat burnout altogether. Regular breaks from work life, along with daily tapping meditation sessions can help you combat burnout.
Get Back on Track with Hypnosis Tapping Therapy
Everyone experiences signs of burnout and mental fatigue at some point. It’s how you handle the situation that is most important. Listening to your body’s signals and relying on tools like tapping to help you overcome these difficulties can help you avoid chronic mental fatigue.
No matter your reasons for trying meridian tapping – whether it’s to combat anxiety or just learn how to be in the moment – this practice can bring many other benefits. One of those benefits is clearing mental fatigue. Tapping can help you recharge your mental energy when emotional fatigue and work burnout becomes an obstacle.