Burn out is a term that is used to describe a group of symptoms that can be debilitating and lead to all kinds of unpleasant physical and emotional symptoms. It is one of the main reasons employes take short and long term disability. Burn out is extremely common for people who work in helping professions like health care workers, especially Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Resident Care Attendants or Health Care Aides. If you answer yes to any of the following symptoms or situations you might be experiencing burn out and not know it.
1. A feeling of overwhelming despair thinking about going to work.
2. Panic attacks or anxious feelings at work or on the way to work.
3. Inability to focus on work and complete tasks.
4. Impatience and irritability with co workers or patients/clients
5. A feeling of learned helplessness-no matter what I do I won’t be able to make the difference I want so why bother.
6. A change in sleep patterns, sleeping too much or sleeping to little.
7. A change in eating habits, eating too much or eating too little.
If you answer yes to 3 or more of these symptoms you might be experiencing burn out at work. Counselling and Therapy and can also help you learn to manage yourself in a workplace that might not change. Counselling and Therapy can also help you learn to change and improve relationships and supports so that they work in your favour.