Don't Let Workplace Burnout Destroy Your Life
It used to be called "mid-life crisis" - and haven't all of us
joked about it - a turmoil and discomfort that literally turns
life upside down.
Nowadays this syndrome is being recognized as "work place
burnout" and it is becoming more widespread and is affecting men
and women alike throughout the entire workforce. Work place
burnout has been pinned as the main cause of reduced morale and
WHO IS AFFECTED?
You may be experiencing the symptoms of work place burnout even
if you are as young as 30 years of age, though most people
affected are in their early 40's.
Some people experience a sudden grief and loss, while others
perceive that something is changing but it may take several
years to manifest.
Are you feeling a lack of personal achievement and satisfaction
at work? This is one of the early warning signs. Is going to
work a time-consuming drudgery and work itself a day-long bore?
Do frustration levels increase exponentially as you grapple with
life issues - which could show that you are not in control? If
so, you're not alone. You're on the downhill slide to work place
Don't expect your spouse or boss to understand what you are
going through, as workplace burnout is extremely personal in
nature - you're having the crisis, not them! You may be led to
blame your spouse or boss for the way you're feeling, as they
seem to be the closest source of your pain and angst.
However if your condition is true work place burnout then you
will need professional help to shift your perceptions into a
more realistic balance.
There are emotional and physical symptoms associated with what
you are going through.
The emotional symptoms usually show up as the first sign that
you are burnt out. You may often feel an unrelenting stress,
lack enthusiasm, have a sense of loss of control as well as
experience an unexplainable grief.
You may want to blame those around you for the way you feel, but
this rarely resolves the inner turmoil that you are
In severe cases of work place burnout people experience thoughts
of suicide, and even in mild cases the thought of total
detachment through this means may seem to be a way out.
Many people who experience the emotional symptoms often show up
at the doctor seeking help with a loss of spark in their
personality. "Nothing I do is worth it anymore," they say.
This feeling often results in a loss of productivity and
creativity. It also fuels negativity and cynicism, with a
quickness to get angry and blame others. Over time you may find
solace in detaching yourself from others, however this rarely
resolves the issue.
Work place burnout also affects your body. The feeling of "never
being able to do enough" may drive you to work extensively long
hours in an effort to catch up.
You may be losing sleep over your sense of failure to achieve
anything meaningful, which in turn leads to physical exhaustion.
Physical exhaustion may take the form of headaches, physical
shaking from head to foot, inability to think clearly and being
unable to relax.
Physical exhaustion also causes you to lose your natural
communication ability, so communication between your spouse and
children, your boss or co-workers may sometimes become
There is also the possibility of experiencing gastrointestinal
problems as your body is unable to cope with extensively long
hours of work.
IS THERE A SOLUTION?
People experiencing work place burnout need to take time out of
their busy lives to confront the underlying issues that are
causing them stress. There is no easy fix - and the solution
that you arrive at is most likely going to place you on a
different life course than the one you have been traveling.
One method of finding the root cause of your uneasiness is to
use a notepad and start writing out your thoughts. The thoughts,
impressions and images that are filling your mind can be
captured and you will be able to identify a pattern, which in
turn you may be able to address.
A further use of your notepad is to go into a deeper realm of
writing to discover the thoughts and impressions that are
flooding your spirit. In a quiet environment spend at least one
hour with your eyes closed and write down the thoughts that come
to you. As you perform this activity, your thoughts should
change from first person to third person as your focus shifts
from your head to your inner being. It's as if you can hear
someone else talking to you and giving you direction and
A visit to your local General Practitioner may also help you
cope with the effects on your body due to workplace burnout.
Prescription medication may be given to assist you to relax and
get your body rested again, while you sort through the
underlying issues. You may be prescribed relaxants or sleeping
aides. You may also be referred to a gastroenterologist if the
Finally, the most efficient way of resolving work place burnout
is to rely on the services of a professional counselor. A
trained counselor can travel this journey with you. Their
assistance can help make the hard decisions become easy as you
work through the process of resolving the cause of your work
place burnout, so that you can be on track for a happy and
healthy life once again.