It’s no secret that the healthcare industry is high stress. And burnout can hit anyone within the medical industry at any time in their career. Time demands, long hours, and difficulty with work/life balance can all play a part. How can you tell if you’re actually burned out versus just having a bad day? Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for and how to counteract them.
Signs and Symptoms of Burnout
Burnout is a state of chronic stress. It can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion, detachment, and the feeling that you haven’t accomplished anything.
- Chronic fatigue
- Inability to concentrate
So how can you avoid burnout or stop it in its tracks?
Take Time Off
US Workers don’t take enough time off work. It’s an epidemic, but it’s causes increased stress and burnout. Take your vacation time. It’s okay, you won’t be forgotten. It will be essential to return with your batteries recharged.
Exercise and Eat a Healthy Diet
A good, healthy diet and exercise is the cornerstone to avoiding burnout. Unhealthy food can actually exacerbate the feeling as it leaves you with cravings and feeling ill. If you find yourself stress eating, take a break instead.
Get Better Sleep
Good sleep is just as important to your overall health and stress reduction as diet and exercise. Start by creating a regular sleep schedule. Turn off electronics a half an hour before bed. Focus on building good sleep habits.
You don’t have to do this alone. If you’re feeling stressed and burnout is around the corner, you can talk to other people. Your boss and coworkers may have had similar experiences. Or talk with a professional to help you sort out the way you’re feeling and help you find clarity.
Does burnout have you thinking about changing jobs?
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