Burnout & Chronic Stress

Burnout & Chronic Stress

Burnout has become an epidemic, and in fact more than half of working American adults have felt burned out more than once in their careers. Burnout spans all age groups, but Millennials tend to report higher levels of burnout at 84%, compared to 77% across all age groups. If you aren’t actively working to mitigate your day-to-day stress, it can build up quickly, leading you to burnout.

Workers report feeling stress from a high pressure environment, a lack of support from management, and unrealistic expectations most often, but there can be multiple factors in burnout. One in three employees blame technology for adding to their workplace stress. Email can be answered anywhere at any time, so many report that has become the standard expectation. Technology also makes things move faster, so deadlines are tighter and expectations are that things will happen faster.

Over time the stress of these expectations can add up, and because work is easily accessible at home there’s often not a way to separate work time and relaxation time. Over time higher cortisol levels can increase your A1C, blood pressure, and more, eventually leading to chronic health conditions. Chronic stress rewires the brain over time to lead to even more stress, and over time this can become heart disease, diabetes, depression, cancer, and more.

Learning to deal with stress as it comes along is crucial. Set boundaries between work and home time and make regular sleep and exercise part of your daily routine. Learn more about preventing chronic stress and the burnout that can come from it from the infographic below.

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