The Hostile Takeover of Burnout
THE LAST ACT OF THE STRESS CYCLE, burnout is a serious medical condition that develops from chronic stress. Emotional resources are stripped away until there is nothing left to counter the drain. It's a gradual depletion over time of your energetic resources.
Burnout is a three-way, mind-body shutdown—emotional exhaustion, physical fatigue, and cognitive weariness. Numbness and cynicism set in. You may feel a sense of depersonalization and a lack of accomplishment. Withdrawal, detachment from work and relationships and symptoms of depression are a part of advanced stages of the cycle.
Researchers have found that burnout can increase the risk of coronary heart disease in some people by 79%. Burnout can also lead to upper respiratory infections, stroke, and depression. It's critical to stop burnout before it triggers life-threatening conditions.
Burnout is also a big problem for organizations as well. It guts productivity, fractures relationships, and fuels cynicism, absenteeism and medical bills.
JOB STRESS CAN LEAD TO BURNOUT when you suffer a loss of physical and emotional resources too great to replace. If coping efforts fail to restore the loss, and there's no interruption of the stress trigger(s) causing the drain, you can wind up on the burnout track.
Typical burnout triggers include overwhelming workload, lack of social support or reward, interpersonal conflict, lack of control, and a sense of impotence—that nothing you do makes a difference. Burnout often strikes the hardest workers.
The telltale sign of burnout is emotional exhaustion, but there are plenty of other clues:
|Muscle tension and pain|
|Cynicism and negativity|
|Being late to work|
The temptation is to ignore the signals of job burnout, but the adaptive process of chronic stress thrives on this. The adrenaline racing through the body masks the damage to overtaxed organs.
How to Stop Burnout
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT BURNOUT? Deprive it of the oxygen that keeps it going, chronic stress, by changing the thinking and conditions that fuel stress, and building back up depleted emotional and physical resources. Our programs help you do that. Studies show that a coaching or counseling program is one of the best ways to exit the burnout trap.
We help you change work stressors and adjust burnout drivers, such as overperformance, no recovery time, lack of reward and support, and unviable schedules.
There is a way out of burnout: Your decision to be proactive. Our programs help you regather crashed emotional resources, regain physical vitality, and get off the burnout treadmill. Find out how you can leave the stress-burnout cycle behind. Click the button below for a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.