Job burnout is a result of prolonged and excessive exposure to work-related stress. Often, people don’t realize that they are suffering from work-related stress until it has led to a significant negative impact on their relationships, quality of life, and physical health.
Work-related stress is the strain and pressure we feel when our job becomes too demanding or overwhelming. It’s that feeling of being stressed out, mentally and emotionally exhausted, because of all the stuff we have to deal with at work.
It happens when we have too much work to do, tight deadlines to meet, and we feel like we don’t have control over our tasks. Work-related stress can also come from conflicts with coworkers or bosses, changes happening in the company, and not feeling supported in our work.
If we don’t find ways to handle and manage this stress, it can seriously affect our well-being, job performance, and overall happiness in life. Untreated work-related stress can ultimately lead to job burnout, a state of chronic exhaustion and disillusionment with one’s work.
Job burnout is characterized by feelings of emotional exhaustion, detachment from work and colleagues, and a diminished sense of accomplishment. It often arises from prolonged exposure to unmanaged work-related stressors. When individuals consistently experience overwhelming stress without adequate coping mechanisms or support, they become susceptible to burnout.
It is common for people to feel some level of stress in relation to work, but if you find yourself experiencing the symptoms listed below most of the time, it is important that you start exploring your alternatives.
What are the signs?
- Mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion
- Emotional reactivity
- Loss of motivation
- Feelings of apathy and hopelessness
- Chronic feeling of inadequacy and failure
- Frequent feelings of boredom and dissatisfaction
We can help you:
- Assess your employment needs and options
- Develop a meaningful and fulfilling career
- Identify your career goals and values
- Maintain a job you enjoy
- Learn skills to tackle stress and anxiety
- Learn tools to prevent procrastination
- Take actions toward being productive
If you’re wondering if you’re feeling fulfilled at your work, take the job satisfaction questionnaire.
To find what core beliefs show up for you at work take the workplace schemas quiz.
Addressing work-related stress and preventing job burnout is crucial, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be a valuable tool in this process. CBT can help you recognize and challenge negative thought patterns (schemas) and behaviors that contribute to stress. CBT will help you examine and modify cognitive distortions, such as excessive self-criticism or an inability to delegate tasks, to cultivate healthier attitudes and responses to workplace stressors.
CBT will also teach you practical skills for stress management and self-care. Techniques such as relaxation exercises, time management strategies, and boundary setting enable you to better cope with work-related demands and establish a healthier work-life balance.
By proactively addressing work-related stress through CBT, you can reduce the risk of progressing to job burnout and maintain your well-being and job satisfaction.