Burned Out? Working Less Might Save Your Life

Burned Out? Working Less Might Save Your Life

Burnout is a serious problem in the modern world. A whopping 44% of people report feeling occasionally burned out, while 23% report feeling this way very often or always, according to a recent Gallup study. Not only does it make you miserable at work, but it can also follow you home and wreak havoc on your personal life. According to a Guardian report, it can lead to devastating health consequences and even early death.

Signs of Burnout

The signs of burnout aren’t that difficult to spot. What’s more, you’ll likely feel it before you actually sit down to analyze what’s going on. Burnout is identified by exhaustion, cynicism and reduced ability in relation to your job. You may begin to dread going into work or feel apathetic toward your job. You may even grow to hate it. If left alone, your performance may be affected, both at work and at home.

In addition to these more obvious symptoms, burnout can cause a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms. Headaches, stomach aches, muscle aches, digestion issues, lack of energy, anxiety and feeling emotionally numb are all typical signs.

Consequences of Burnout

If ignored, job burnout can have devastating, sometimes life-long consequences. Following are a few consequences of not addressing your symptoms:

  • Unmanaged stress.
  • Insomnia.
  • Depression and/or anxiety.
  • Heart disease.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Lowered immune response.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Early death.

Unchecked burnout can also wreak havoc on your relationships. For these reasons and more, you should strive to fight it off at the first sign by setting work boundaries and living more.

How to Set Work Boundaries

It’s difficult to start setting boundaries at work, especially if your boss wants to fight about it. However, it’s up to you to make your work life more enjoyable. Plus, many small boundaries have huge rewards. Not answering emails after work, for example, will allow you to unplug and get much-needed rest. You can set additional boundaries by refusing overtime, working remotely and taking time off.

You can also fight burnout by making the most of the time you have when you’re not at work. A little fun and self-care can go a long way. Engage in relaxing activities, spend time with friends or go on a weekend getaway to recharge your spirit and reignite your love for your work.

Feeling burned out? It’s time to make changes. Set boundaries at work and take back your life. A small shift in responsibilities and mindset can make you a happier, healthier and more productive person.

~Here’s to Your Success!

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