Studies have shown that over three quarters of the workforce in this country have experienced some type of burnout due to their job. Many people feel mentally and physically exhausted after their workday. This burnout can cause frustration, stress, and can negatively impact personal relationships. Work-related burnout can make life hard to deal with. There are several signs to look for if you’re struggling and think it could be burnout.

What are some of the early warning signs of burnout?

Anxiety is one of the first signs of job burnout. If going to work, or even thinking about work causes you anxiety or fatigue, you may be in the early stages of burnout. If those feelings have manifested into physical symptoms, like exhaustion, headaches, and sleep problems, then you should look for a good therapist and start treating your burnout. If you’re fine most of the weekend but have a tough time sleeping due to anxiety when the work week is about to start, you may be in the early stages of work-related burnout. The earlier you start working on a treatment, the easier it will be.

Burnout can have several different causes.

Having a tough workload is one of the leading causes of burnout. Working in an unappreciative environment and not being properly rewarded for your work can also be big contributors. If work is burdening you with a lot of pressure, unreasonable deadlines, uncooperative coworkers, or just too much of a load, you should try to make some changes. You need to work, but you don’t need work to rule your life. Try to keep a good work/life balance at all times, emotionally detach from work when you’re able to, and be sure to set aside some time during the week just for yourself.

Burnout can affect your health.

Work-related burnout can cause a lot of stress in your life. High amounts of stress can lead to smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and not getting enough sleep. All these conditions can affect your health in a negative way and can even lead to serious problems like heart attacks or strokes. If you feel that your job is affecting you and your health, be sure and take it seriously. Make some changes in your life or schedule an appointment with a professional therapist that can help you deal with burnout.

How do you handle burnout?

Talk to your supervisor. It’s possible that you can work together to compromise on your work expectations. Find a coworker who’s an ally. Try taking part in a relaxing activity like yoga or meditation. Be sure and get plenty of exercise and plenty of sleep. Both can help alleviate stress. If you need support due to work-related burnout, talk to family, friends, coworkers, or a therapist. Support can be crucial in dealing with stress or burnout.

If you’re struggling with work-related burnout, or noticing that you’re experiencing symptoms like stress, anxiety, depression, or lack of sleep, contact Chenal Family Therapy for help.