Year-End Burnout: Signs and Solutions

In most of our lives, the busiest month of the year is December. Many people realize at this point that the last rockets need to be ignited because they only have a month to reach their 2020 targets. Meanwhile, it’s a similarly busy time period in our private lives, where we have to prepare for Christmas and we need to get all our family members personalized gifts that are both useful and beautiful. Are you familiar with at least one of the two situations?

Winter, cold weather, early darkness is a hotbed for a bad mood, and make it harder to be resistant to problems. Therefore, under constant pressure, both in the workplace and in private life, it is easier to get to a state of burnout. Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion. It occurs when a person is exposed to long-term intense stress. And December alone is a huge stress bomb, for the reasons mentioned above, not to mention other circumstances this year.

Burnout, in relation to an individual’s life, affects several levels at once, it is not only detrimental to his or her physical health, but also to his or her mental happiness, relationships, and job performance. This is why it is very important to notice and treat it as a serious problem soon, at the first signs.

The most common signs of burnout

Exhaustion:
a clear sign of burnout, a feeling of constant fatigue that appears regardless of the normal amount of 6-7 hours of sleep.

Lack of motivation:
when intrinsic motivation is lost and the person is no longer enthusiastic about anything. This can manifest itself in the form of heavy morning uprisings or in the difficulty of getting to work.

Decreased performance and dissatisfaction:
A sudden deterioration in performance also appears to be one of the primary signs of burnout. Feelings of constant dissatisfaction, whether at work or in private situations, can also be an exclamation point

Negative emotions:
their presence, the constant feeling of frustration reinforces that nothing succeeds, deeds do not matter, everything is ineffective. It can be summarized as a generally pessimistic attitude.

Interpersonal relationship problems:
can take two forms, one is more conflicting situations with others (more quarrels, more disagreements), the other is avoiding social relationships, choosing more lonely programs.

Self – neglect and health problems:
In the event of burnout, we are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, alcohol, eating fast food, inadequate nutrient intake, or sleep deprivation.

As a result of the negative effects of burnout, chronic stress can cause real health problems such as digestive, cardiovascular problems, depression, or obesity. Because of the serious negative effects listed above, it is worth recognizing and doing it in time to prevent burnout before it has irreversible results.

Cognitive Problems: Under the influence of stress, the body, in a state of readiness, directs attention to the problem in order to respond to the threat in the short term. Under long-term stress, our body can only focus on the negative threat, so it will be difficult to take into account anything else that goes beyond that. The ability to make decisions and solve problems deteriorates as a result. Forgetfulness is one of the clearest phenomena of cognitive impairment.

Steps to maintain balance

In a work environment, as a leader and co-worker, it is important to have a supportive social environment that helps retain the team and its members even during difficult times. The World Health Organization has sought to develop a number of models to understand and recognize burnout and has identified a number of areas whose imbalances can lead to burnout.

According to the survey, the most critical areas are:

  • the feeling of control at work,
  • overload,
  • reward,
  • community,
  • fairness and deviation from core values.

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We can provide effective assistance by maintaining a balance in these areas. As a leader, giving employees their own freedom and control over the work they do can serve as a very effective primary support. Well-structured positive and constructive feedback can also have an energizing effect, helping the former to build stronger self-confidence and the latter to be effective in the work. Creating justice and shared values will also be sustainable if an employee feels valued and can identify with the company’s values, and will also be more resilient to challenges as they will be able to use them as a resource in more difficult times.

If a professional solution is needed, the Employee Assistance Program can help. This is a service that includes, among other things, psychologist specialist (s) who are available to company employees. In addition to the help it provides, the service supports and prepares managers and employees for a deeper recognition of burnout.

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