Are you having a job burnout?
Job burnout may be defined as a kind of work-related stress that causes physical and emotional exhaustion. This is the result of chronic workplace stress which also leaves one feeling inadequate, feeling very negative about the workplace and so on. Here are some key symptoms.
Loss of interest in work
When the kind of projects that you used to love now feel like they are depleting you and you lack interest in them, it’s time to sound the alarm bells. If you find yourself struggling to whip up even a small scrap of enthusiasm, you may be a risk for not just job burnout but depression as well. You might end up getting very cynical about the job and colleagues. You may also start putting an emotional distance between you and your work.
Your performance drops
When you lack interest in your work, the natural outcome would be a drop in performance. Once you have a burnout, you’ll probably give a damn about how work shapes up. There would be a blatant lack of concentration which is also a contributory factor.
A total lack of energy and exhaustion that’s not just physical but also one that makes you feel mentally depleted is a key symptom. You might find it tough to even drag yourself out of bed.
Not everyone gets physical ailments as a result of job burnout but many experience insomnia, headaches, heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, an increase in illnesses, gastrointestinal pain and so on.
How to separate stress from job burnout
A certain amount of stress actually works positively for you by improving alertness, behavioral and cognitive performance. However, chronic stress can impair cognitive skills and result in anxiety and low moods.
If you feel you are undergoing a job burnout, don’t hesitate to reach out to a psychiatrist or counselor.