When we speak about getting rich, people tend to think about the effort it takes to fulfill this difficult task. Perhaps this is a major reason why many prefer to live a life full of adventures and joyful experiences instead of long nights in the office. This could be because of the huge amount of managers we read about in the news papers, who have experienced burnouts. But does hard work have to collide with physical and mental over exhaustion or is there a way to avoid this psychological stress?
What’s a burnout?
A burnout is defined as a type of psychological stress. This serious matter doesn’t only lead to inefficacy at work, but to life threatening issues. Occupational burnout, also known as job burnout, is characterized by the lack of enthusiasm ,exhaustion, demotivation, feelings of ineffectiveness and frustration. However, psychologists say it’s not inevitable. Burnouts have 11 stages which seem to be triggered as a chain reaction:
- The compulsion to prove oneself
This emotion can be triggered by overambitiousness. When one is surrounded by many other potential burnout endangered people, this just strengthens the compulsion to become the best.
- Working harder
When one tries to prove that his or her skills are superior to others, hard work can’t be avoided. The classic example is when a worker demands for more work than he needs, finishes it before the fixed date, does overtime and is already willing to start the next project.
- Neglecting their needs
Food, water, sleep and a hobby, is something that we all need. Can one be working in a healthy way if he even forgets to eat and loses 20 pounds with a short period? I don’t think so.
- Displacement of conflicts
This is when the first physical symptoms appear. Not accepting that the growing problem exists because of them, may lead to a crisis in themselves and become threatening.
- Revision of values
Perceptions and value systems, a set of consistent ethic values and measures used for the purpose of ethical or ideological integrity among society, change, which lead to them seeing their job as the most valuable thing ever. After putting more than 100% of one’s energy into work, friends and family aren’t as important as they used to be.
- Denial of emerging problems
The offended person becomes not only ignorant, but also rude, aggressive and sarcastic. When they are accused, they divert the blame to their lack of sleep, responsibility at work or mental pressure.
Individuals affected by “denial of emerging problems” have a hard time when it comes to connecting with other people. Being “misunderstood” leads to isolation. They start to think in a very ignorant way: “Why should I surround myself with people who criticize me if being alone is even better?”
- Obvious behavioral changes
When the behavior starts to change, people will tell the affected person to be careful. However, this doesn’t work because many people think ambitiousness and ignorance are the same. Not everyone who criticizes you, is trying to pull you down. Some are just telling you the truth because they care about you or have been in the same situation.
.. on the historical scale, the damages wrought by individual violence for selfish motives are insignificant compared to the holocausts resulting from self-transcending devotion to collectively shared belief-systems. It is derived from primitive identification instead of mature social integration; it entails the partial surrender of personal responsibility and produces the quasi-hypnotic phenomena of group-psychology. – Arthur Koestler
- Inner emptiness
Inner emptiness is where the real danger occurs. Exaggerating activities and the lust for sex seem to be only way to overcome this feeling.
This is when the person becomes numb or is already worn out. Emptiness, demotivation, stress, sorrow etc. are common emotions in this situation.
- Burnout syndrome
This catastrophe triggers a physical and emotional collapse. In the worst case, this may lead to suicidal ideation.
Recovery is possible but no one can assure that things will be the same. This is because of the relationship between psychologists and the offended victim. If the aider didn’t know my ways of handling situations, senses or sensibility, he will treat me like every other client.The sad truth is that psychologists don’t know their patients until they come after being diagnosed. A recur or arise can be avoided by taking actions before it’s too late.
Just like everything else, I think it all starts in someone’s head. Change your mindset towards your work-attitude. Work to live and don’t live to work. I acknowledge the fact that creativity has to be enhanced with a lot of hard work to achieve something, but hard work doesn’t have to mean psychic disability or other health attacking circumstances. Three weeks of 13h shifts won’t kill you but five years could worn the best of us out. The healthiest way is to take a few days off ever 2-3 months.
Another way of avoiding burnouts is by having hobbies. Whether it’s your family or your dog doesn’t matter. What matters is that it should have nothing to do with your job. If your colleagues have nothing to do with your profession, you won’t be able to find a way to speak about business with them. Recommendable, your hobby should be a sportive way of keeping you healthy.