Learn the signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety and burnout before they effect your career.
Everyone has started a new job full of energy and motivation, all to have it suck the life out of you three years down the road. That promotion doesn't come on time or you have a heated interaction with a supervisor and all of a sudden you're fed up. Maybe you start looking at other jobs, checkout from the one you already have or even quit in some epic fashion. If this has happened to you, chances are you succumbed to stress, anxiety or burnout.
Stress in the Workplace
Stress is commonplace in most work environments, whether it's fast food, retail, consulting or being the CEO of your own company. However, the nature of the work environment has changed. Professionals who make a living off their ability to learn, adapt and overcome are in a uniquely stressful situation. Often, professionals are asked to work long hours, answer emails late at night and never stop innovating. The right kind of stress can be good for your career but left untreated, stress can build up in the system, negatively impact our health and eat away at our productivity until it feels like were running in quicksand. If you're procrastinating, dreading Monday on Saturday or feel rundown, you might be suffering from stress.
Anxiety in the Workplace
Anxiety differs from stress just slightly. Where stress is the natural reaction a situation illicits in the moment, anxiety is fear of the stress future events might cause. Despite being a complete waste of time, anxiety can prevent us from taking actions that further our career - say, applying for a new position, asking for a promotion or going after a big client. Anxiety, like stress, can build up in the system over time. It can grind you to a halt, making every little step seem an impossible task. If you find yourself constantly worrying about the future or analyzing events that haven't happened yet, you might be dealing with anxiety.
Professionals today spend more time than ever in front of computer screens. Further, most of us are completely addicted to our mobile phones. Pair that with employers demanding that employees be 'plugged in' 24-7 and you have a recipe for technology burnout. If you are spending long periods of your day staring into a computer screen, you might notice that you are always tired but have trouble sleeping, you might get headaches, back and shoulder pain and a general sense of ickyness that only 2 hours trolling Youtube can provide. If this is you, consider taking major evasive action from your devices immediately.
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