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Steps to Overcome Career Burnout
Dealing With Job Burn Out
Career or vocation burn out can happen to just about any individual, young, middle aged or older, and in every occupation industry out there. Those especially vulnerable to it are people who’ve kept driving and pushing through it for prolonged periods of time. Too often, the tendency is to ignore it. But doing so, can cause far worse problems down the line, than if the person will attend to it at the milder stages.
General Symptoms of Career Burn Out
- Depression symptoms - sadness
- Mental, emotion fatigue - "bone tired" experience
- Over-reacting to circumstances
- Bad feelings, mindset and emotions
- Lack of concern over job/career
- Annoyance and frustration quickly
- Angers easily
- Reactions of powerlessness and being out of control
- Sleep disruptions
- Weight loss or gain
- Incapacity to make judgments, or to think clearly
This is not necessarily a thorough list, but some of the more widespread symptoms. It is crucial that measures be consumed to rise above burn out prior to it causes major, lifelong negative impact to your life’s desired goals.
Strategies to Offset Work Burn Out
- Take some vacation time away if at all feasible.
- Reduce as much stress as possible.
- Clear your schedule from everything that is not absolutely critical.
- Get plenty fresh air, some sunshine, and physical exercise.
- Try to eat healthful, organic food items and steer clear of junk food, caffeine and coffee consumption, alcohol and every unhealthy item.
- Do more fun activities that energize and encourage.
- Get extra relaxation and sleep.
- Therapy or counseling may be needed. Many times during burn out there are major emotional issues going on that sometimes we can’t pinpoint on our own.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
Create a list of obligations and tasks in your daily life which are both energy depleting and energizing, written down on separate sheets of paper. Attempt to raise the factors that are energizing and life producing. For the tasks that are energy depleting, try to either assign those duties to others, solicit the help of friends or loved ones, and really evaluate just how critical those duties really happen to be. It may be time to consider hiring a housecleaner. It's a strong probability that many of those issues are simply not that crucial in the overall picture of life. We all have a tendency to take on a much larger emphasis of matters and situations, than are truly warranted.
Don’t disregard occupation burn out; that’s the worst thing an individual can do and often it will only intensify the circumstances, and prolong recovery. It's one of the most powerful warning signs that our work life balance is off, and that changes are needed.
Some forms of career burn out are short term, and using some of the above actions may cause it to merely pass on its own with a little tender loving care. Other types of occupational burn out tend to be more long term in duration and incapacitating. The solution needed to handle it will most likely end up being more major in scope and time. Get the assistance needed for each situation because burn out may create considerable long term health issues as well.
If the burn out is significant, it may bring more sweeping actions to address the problem, including hunting for a career change, or some extensive time off. Often, when things get truly out of hand, is the only time we’ll make considerable modifications that are required. Change is difficult, especially when there is a lot at stake, such as our living and income sources. There are moments in our lives when the only time we will put into action change, is when the pain not to change is worse.
In some cases, career burn out can be a gift, in that it can be the catalyst to begin major, lifestyle changes that are truly needed over the long haul, changes that without experiencing the effects of burn out, we wouldn’t have necessarily made on our own.