Recognizing the Signs of Job Burnout

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Job burnout is a growing problem in the workplace. In fact, according to a study by Harvard Medical School, 96 percent of senior leaders reported feeling burned out to some degree, with one-third describing their burnout as extreme.

Beyond causing lack of productivity and poor job performance, job burnout or job fatigue can lead to a variety of health consequences, including headaches, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, depression and substance use disorder. Self-medicating with alcohol or drugs can be a slippery slope into addiction.

Symptoms of Job Burnout
It’s not always easy to admit that you’re suffering from burnout or to spot the signs in a loved one. Burnout doesn’t happen overnight. It creeps on us over time and our bodies and mind do give us warnings signs. Here’s what to look for, so you can recognize the red flags and seek the help you need.

  • An inability to concentrate or fuzzy thinking
  • A short fuse or lack of patience – at work and at home
  • Irritability
  • Low self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Feeling anxious or depressed
  • Trouble falling and staying asleep
  • Chronic fatigue or a lack of energy
  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Irregular eating patterns – consuming too much or too little
  • Headaches and digestive problems
  • Poor immunity or recurring colds and flu
  • Skipping workouts or losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Shying away from social obligations
  • Increasing thoughts of cynicism
  • Feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment
  • Excessive drinking or using drugs

Working Professionals Who Self-Medicate
Self-medicating or using drugs or alcohol to cope with job burnout is a dangerous path that can quickly lead to dependence. If you are a working professional concerned about the stigma of chemical dependency, NorthStar offers a confidential, safe place to heal the mind, body and spirit from substance use disorder. To learn more about our addiction treatment for professionals, call today: 303-974-7953.