You may be on the verge of a breakdown.
And it has a name:
Also known as Professional Exhaustion Syndrome, Burnout is a depressive disorder preceded by a physical and emotional exhaustion directly related to the professional routine. Did it sound serious? Because it is!
It’s not in vain that the World Health Organization (WHO) has just included it in the International Classification of Diseases, which is a list of diseases and health statistics that will be prevalent in the coming years.
Keep an eye on the EXPLOSIVE combination!
Fuel is linked to fire, as daily tense and stressful situations are linked to Burnout. Would you know how to identify what makes this fire imminent in your workday?
extra hours and inhuman targets. ➜
excessive threats and demands. ➜
toxic relationships. ➜
the amount of responsibilities is inconsistent with the amount of time. ➜
Lack Of autonomy:
lack of freedom to make decisions or to delegate tasks. ➜
Lack Of Recognition
effort rarely recognized or appreciated. ➜
Lack Of identity:
pessimism in relation to the position or the work objective.
According to the WHO, Brazil is the most anxious country of the world and the most depressive of Latin America, placing depression among the 10 biggest causes of leave of absence.
In addition, it is estimated that until 2020, this disease will be the major reason of abstention from work worldwide, generating an impact of US$1 trillion per year in the global economy.
These are the professionals who are most commonly struck by Burnout:
(policemen, security guards, municipal civil guards…)
(doctors, nurses, caregivers…)
Monitor the (smoke) signals!
- Asthma and gastrointestinal crises
- Headaches and muscular pain
- Blurred vision
- Sweating, palpitation and high blood pressure
- Isolation and mood swings
- Difficulty in concentration and memory lapses
- Anxiety, insomnia and depression
- Low self-esteem
- Feeling of helplessness and ineffectiveness
Did things heat up?
Look for FIRE EXTINGUISHERS and EMERGENCY EXITS!
We spend most of our time working. If this becomes a sacrifice, suffering extends for at least 1/3 of your daily time. Now, imagine it going on for weeks, months, years… How damaging is that to your health?
In Brazil, 56% of formal workers stated they were not satisfied with their jobs. If you are going through this kind of stress, take action before everything ends up in ashes:
Recycle your work routine
Change whatever is weighing you down. Take action on the spot where the fire broke out:
- Try not to extrapolate your workload
- Take short 15-minute breaks, every 2 hours
- Go on vacation whenever possible
- Value healthy relationships at work
- Evaluate whether your work conditions are unhealthy
Recycle your lifestyle
Your pressure valve may be found outside the professional environment.
- Cultivate habits and hobbies that make you disconnect from your routine
- Be around people with whom you get along with
- Devote time to feeling happy
- Practice physical exercises regularly and have better eating habits
Don’t be afraid of seeking medical help: this is a mental disorder, nothing more natural than treating it this way. In more extreme cases, the doctor may prescribe medication for the episodes of depression, anxiety crises, etc.
There is Life after the ASHES
“Cure” is not exactly the word for those who have already experienced Burnout, but “learning”. The logic is clear: now that you already know the root of the problem, going back to old habits will probably involve facing the same problems.
For this reason, work (only) when necessary, and the next time you feel a little off, remember:
You are not a machine. The more human, the better.
Things haven’t heat up yet?
- Establish small personal and professional objectives, and keep your gear working
- Do not use your lack of time as an excuse to run away from what can save you
- Keep in mind that the consumption of alcohol and other drugs doesn’t help fighting the disease
- Keep away from negative people and situations