Work burnout is so common, it's now considered a chronic health concern by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
In fact, David Ballard from the American Psychological Association defines work burnout as “an extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance.”
Some common work stressors that contribute to burnout are unrealistic deadlines, fluctuating and unpredictable schedules, and work overload.
Dr. Christina Maslach, a professor of psychology at the University of California-Berkeley, has been the leading researcher of work burnout since the 1970s. She told the New York Times, “Quite honestly in America we glorify stress.”
Dr. Maslach says there are three main signs that you’re experiencing work burnout:
1. Feeling emotionally drained and fatigued;
2. Feeling undervalued and ostracized by your coworkers;
3. Feeling as if you’re not performing well at work.
But there is hope! Some things you can do to combat work burnout are meditate, take frequent breaks, and pick up a new hobby.
Oh - and you can also take that much-needed vacation.