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Leah Sarich | posted Wednesday, Jan 20th, 2016


We’ve all felt a little burnt out at work, but at some point when does it become something that needs to be addressed? Psychiatrist Dr. Monique Jericho says burnout has become a serious phenomenon these days that needs to be nipped in the bud. Burnout is defined by three pillars: emotionally depleted – meaning you feel you have nothing left to give emotionally, depersonalized – meaning you are not connecting to people in a human way anymore and hopelessness about your job – meaning you don’t find fulfillment in your work the way you had in the past.

But Dr. Jericho says these pillars are often hard to recognize and she says it may be easier to recognize the early warning symptoms instead. Are you more fatigued even after a weekend? Are you more cynical or irritable at work? Do you have less patience for your coworkers and are you more easily overwhelmed with your work when in the past you may have been able to roll with it.

If you’re able to recognize these symptoms, Dr. Jericho says it’s important to take action sooner rather than later. She recommends basic self care first. Get enough rest, eat well and exercise. But what is really important for combating burnout, according to Dr. Jericho, is knowing what brings you joy and meaning and making time for it. She says we need to focus more on creating a better work life balance.

She also recommends looking at your job. Can you delegate more or talk to your boss about some flexibility in your hours? Dr. Jericho says most bosses know when their employees are burnt out and want to help because it may prevent the employees from taking a leave or quitting.

Also, Dr. Jericho says it’s critical to take a break from technology. She explains if we don’t, we’re constantly being asked to “think, do or respond.” And we all need a break from our work.

If the symptoms of burnout are not addressed, Dr. Jericho warns it will affect your mental and physical health. She says burnout can lead to feeling more run down which leaves you at risk of more infections and burnout can lead to diagnosable depression or an anxiety disorder.

So, Dr. Jericho says it’s important for all of us to learn how to fill up our tanks and avoid burnout.

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