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[July 2020] Slump, Chronic Fatigue, and Burnout Syndrome
Date 07-21-2020 11:08 Hit102
Slump, Chronic Fatigue, and Burnout Syndrome

Do you feel tired after waking up in the morning? Do you spend hours on the couch but still lack energy? Are you, perhaps, burned out?

Burnout Syndrome

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), burnout is not a medical condition but a common work-related syndrome caused by chronic and unmanaged stress that can adversely affect health. Among the symptoms listed by WHO were lack of energy, negative attitude/cynicism/psychological distancing from work, and decreased productivity. Other symptoms also include chronic fatigue, sleep disorder, performance decline, lack of concentration and forgetfulness, indecisiveness, lethargy, and social withdrawal. In severe cases, burnout may lead to depression.

Are You Burned Out? Do a Self-Check.

The main cause of burnout is the obsessive focus on work and long-time exposure to excessive, related stress without any defenses. A project you excitedly started may burn you out in the following order. Check out where you are.

▶ At first, you start with ambition and initiative. You are at your most creative and productive, and you are eager to prove your worth by excelling in this project. As such, you start working too hard.
▶ Not everything goes smoothly. Some days begin to feel especially longer than others. You feel tired, get headaches, and become alienated from personal life and other people. Soon, you begin to experience a drop in productivity.
▶ You constantly feel fatigued and stressed. Mornings become difficult to manage. As for work, you become cynical, apathetic, and intensely frustrated. As such, you find yourself making more mistakes than usual and feeling like avoiding people. At this point, it is critical to manage your stress.
▶ You develop chronic headaches and a sense of emptiness. Self-deprecation becomes common, and you excessively focus on work and life problems. Then, you avoid social interactions and personal relationships. You are now burned out.
▶ You can’t shake off both physical and mental chronic fatigue. Soon, you feel depressed and lethargic.

Overcoming Burnout

Prioritize yourself.

Prioritize things necessary for your health, pleasure, and loved ones. Make time to completely forget about work, and take vacations if necessary. Don’t worry about leaving your work unattended as there will always be someone who would step up. Leave work early. Rest and laugh more. Sleep better.

Get rid of stress factors at work.

Identify the thing that troubles you but that you cannot solve. Is it the workload, your superiors’ expectations, conflict with peers, or complaints from clients? Learn what you can’t control and what you should leave as is. What’s important to others may not be as important to you.

Ask others for help.

Actively seek out advice and help from superiors and colleagues who can give you professional help or lend a listening ear. Being stressed by yourself will not solve anything. Find someone you can connect with, and discuss your problem.