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Stress affects 83% of US workers, with just under half feeling that employers do not care about their work-life balance. Some stress is normal, but when it develops into further issues such as depression and burnout, it can be problematic. Some natural adaptations to your lifestyle can improve your mental health, but what are the signs that you might need to make some changes?

Lack Of Self-Care

Burnout occurs when a person loses meaning in their work, and it causes many negative emotional and physical responses. An estimated 16.2 million American adults have had a depressive episode, and depression often results in a lack of self-care. Not showering, brushing your teeth, or dressing well can be signs that you are exhausted and are approaching burnout. Avoiding simple teeth brushing can cause other health issues, including gum disease, or gingivitis, which is caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth. Should you notice that you feel too exhausted to care for yourself, you may be approaching burnout.

Alienation And Avoidance

Burnout can cause you to feel emotionally distant or numb when thinking about your work. Some people begin to take more time off, or they may find it hard to be as productive at work and at home. Decision making can become more difficult due to negative and cynical thoughts towards tasks and colleagues. People may find themselves alienated from work colleagues and even family and friends as social interaction becomes too draining. Confidence may also be low, resulting in negative thoughts about oneself and feelings of worthlessness. Should these feelings arise, you may be at the beginning stages of burnout.

Stress and Depression

Burnout happens when stress builds up and becomes too difficult to cope with. You may start to anger quickly, feel threatened, drink more alcohol, eat more often, or become resentful of your job and your life. Depression may set in, and you may start to feel down, lack motivation, and find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. The buildup of stress can also then result in other health problems, such as digestive issues, lack of sleep, and high blood pressure. Obesity and heart disease can result from long-term burnout and depression.

Developing positive coping strategies is extremely important when recognizing stress and signs of burnout. Visit a medical professional if any of the symptoms are having a negative effect on your health and life.

by Jennifer Dawson

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