Ignored or unaddressed job burnout can have negative consequences, including: excessive stress, fatigue, insomnia, sadness, anger or irritability, substance use issues, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and vulnerability to other illnesses.75
Clues that you are under too much stress may include76:
- Being afraid to take time off work; never taking a vacation.
- Thinking the worst in every situation.
- Overreacting to minor stressors.
- Losing touch with what motivates you to do your job.
- Making mistakes at work, missing deadlines, having poor productivity.
- Trouble sleeping; feeling tired when you wake up.
- Arguing more often with close friends and family.
- Withdrawing from friends, family and co-workers; decreased social life.
Steps to help address job burnout:
- Evaluate your options—Talk with your supervisor about a modified or decreased work schedule.
- Seek support—Reach out to friends, family, and co-workers for support. Use employee assistance programs or other counseling benefits.
- Try a relaxing activity—Try yoga, meditation or tai chi.
- Practice mindfulness–Be in the moment. Focus on your breath and what you are feeling and sensing, without jumping to conclusions. Be patient and open.