By Jenifer Brown
Our industry is directly involved in the Covid-19 health care crisis on a daily basis. It is vital that we take care of ourselves physically by wearing protective gear and following federal and state regulatory guidelines. It is also important to take care of our mental and emotional health.
In today’s workplace environment, especially in light of the virus, achieving a work-life balance seems out of reach. Being stressed, tired and overextended has become a normal part of our industry’s professional life. Many psychologists and even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “highlight long-term and unresolvable burnout as not a symptom but rather a major health concern.” Biologically we are not meant to be in that high-stress mode all the time. Oftentimes, we think that the only way to be productive is to be constantly on the go. Plus, job burnout may be hard to identify or accept due to feeling it is some sort of failure on our part.
Common symptoms can be loss of appetite and passion for things you love or being unable to find motivation for things that you were able to accomplish easily before. It could also be more irritability or even anger toward co-workers or loved ones. These symptoms can lead to absenteeism, turnover and errors due to not being as careful on the job as normal.
Here are some ways to avoid being overstressed or burned out on the job:
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