Worker Burnout - Causes & How to Relieve Symptoms

By: Sherry Harris

You wake up at the same time every morning, you get dressed in your work attire, you sit in traffic, and then stare at a computer screen for hours while at your desk. You are beginning to feel unproductive and extremely lazy. You feel that maybe your life needs a change, but before you start searching through the want ads, you might want to implement a change in your lifestyle first.

Your attitude toward your job could have a great deal to do with your sleeping, or lack thereof. If you are tossing and turning every night, this could put you into a funk when you wake up every morning, and so going to work might seem like even more of a chore.

Many of us dislike our current jobs, but if we are working at maximum capacity and feeling refreshed on a regular basis, perhaps that would enhance our attitudes about going and being there all day. Constant exhaustion will make simple tasks seem quite tedious to the point where you might not want to do them at all.

There is no reason to have your overall performance suffer simply because you are not able to fall asleep, or stay asleep, every night. Your grogginess will slowly but surely begin to catch up with you, and your coworkers and supervisor will surely see this lackluster effort. It is time to tackle the problem before it gets out of control, and ends up getting you fired.

Find out the reasons behind your insomnia, and then you can truly determine if you still are feeling burnt out at your job. Perhaps it is the stress of your work situation that is causing you to wake during the night. Or maybe you feel that you spend so much time there that you have no time for yourself. First, you must begin to relax so that you are able to allow yourself to fall asleep, and take it from there.

On your day off, try getting a massage, or take a nice hot bubble bath, and do some self-reflection. After you allow yourself to feel calm, you can head to bed for the entire night and wake up with a better outlook. You might find that it really is time to start looking for a more stimulating work environment. But make sure you exhaust every effort to fall asleep, and don't just simply remain exhausted.

Don't allow insomnia to get the best of you. Get your body and mind on the right track to enjoy a full night of deep sleep. Break the cycle of a negative attitude and mediocre performance at work. Go to sleep, enjoy the time you have to relax, wake up, and tell yourself that you are willing to give it another chance.

Once you are free from the dark cloud of a series of restless nights, you might realize that you actually do enjoy your job. And if not, you will certainly have more energy to begin the search for a new one.

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