Burnout risk factors fall into major categories--high demands, low recognition, small payoff, unclear standards, high risk for failure--but they show up differently for everyone. When do you feel close to burnout? What are your personal burnout risk factors? And what do you do to lower your burnout risk and combat stress and burnout? Share your experiences, and enjoy other readers' responses. Share Your Experiences!
- 30 years high stress work. Alone, independent. From 1983 tests for all ailments. Results zero. In 1987 stress specialist doctor diagnosed burnout and told me to stop what I was doing. I didn't. The symptoms- nausea, dizzies, general illness, abdominal and body pains continue. BUT I stop them most times with .50 aprazolam or any off its brandnames UNDER the TONGUE for quick results. It works in 20 to 45 minutes. It's no cure but it clears my head and body to get on with what I have to do. In less serious attacks 5kms walk/run or bike clears it too. But in both cases it leaves me a bit fatigued. Better that than sick as a dog. I'm 82, by the way. I have a thryoid problem and one stent in my ticker. Through all this the stress symptoms have dominated.
- I have been working 2 jobs for about ten years now. I was doing okay until I had to change my off days on the 2nd job. A few months after that, I crashed and
burned. My Dr. took me off both jobs for 2 weeks. That helped out a great deal.
He put me on some meds, which are working. I am starting to walk for 20 mintes now and trying to do yoga. I have 8 more months before I retire from my main job, and I am looking forward to retiring from that job. I will work on the walking, the yoga, and the breathing to get me through these last months. I did petty well for 9 years in keeping everything together. Now I am trying to keep everything together until I retire, and it cannot come any quicker.
- —Guest Edward
Not Enough Sleep
- I work long hours and sometimes I experience burnout, or can tell I'm getting close to it. This is usually when I haven't gotten enough sleep for days on end. I can't take as much then, and I seem to crash and burn pretty quickly.
- —Guest Sam
- I can handle a lot of work--I work two jobs and go to school, too! But when I've been forced into taking on too much, that's when I battle burnout. Somehow, when I choose it for myself, it doesn't seem as difficult.
- —Guest Beth