If you are under continual stress at work or you feel like life is “pressing down” on you and it’s beginning to affect your health and well-being, it may be time to step back and assess your situation.
If you feel empty, apathetic or unhappy and just don’t care anymore, you may be burnt out. If you lack motivation to go to work, feel trapped or just simply lack desire or drive when it comes to your work—it might be time to re-evaluate your future.
There are a number of reasons why you might be feeling stressed or burnt out when you’re at work or even after your work day is done. Check any that apply to you:
Unrealistic expectations from your boss or even yourself
Do you work long hours and never seem to catch up? Do you always have too much work to do and never enough time? Is this self-imposed or workplace imposed?
A continual increase in job responsibilities
Are you always asked to take on more and more at work? Does this increase in responsibilities usually include additional support staff? Are you required to work long hours to complete your tasks, frequently working more than 40 hour weeks?
Working under a micromanaging boss
Do you feel that your boss is always looking over your shoulder, telling you how or when to do things? Do you feel that you are not trusted to make decisions on your own?
Repetitive, unchallenging or boring work
Do you have a job that requires little thought and creativity, one that rarely changes and offers little challenge? Do you like what you are doing?
Feeling “stuck” in a job or career that is not your ideal
Do you love your work? Do you look forward to going to work each day? Does it make your heart sing?
You feel safe and like the security even if not as valued as you once were
Have you worked for the company forever and feel safe and secure and don’t want to take risks? You may have a long history of loyalty to a company, but are no longer receiving expected promotions or raises so don’t feel as valued which can result in burnout or apathy.
Are you consumed by your job, so that your job goes home with you?
You take work home with you and once the family is taken care of, you jump back into hours of work to stay caught up. You may even fall asleep thinking about work and have little joy or no real outside life.
Do you work in an oppressive environment?
Do you have problems either with difficult, disrespectful or harassing boss or co-workers? Is your manager unrealistic and unsupportive? Are there strict company rules that allow for no creativity or individual expression?
If any of the above ring true for you, there are many things you can to do adjust or correct the situation so you can begin to live a life you desire vs one you feel stressed or burned out in.
Marla Williams is an intuitive life, career and business coach who has experienced tremendous success guiding individuals, professionals and entrepreneurs through a groundbreaking process to discover their purpose and capitalize on their distinctive gifts so they can begin to forge their own unique path in this world. She has a BA in Organizational Development, is a certified life coach, certified project manager and an experienced and certified professional in human resources (PHR) and was a key leader instrumental in helping grow a $12-million-dollar company into a $2.3-billion-dollar company. Connect with Marla through Noomii and her website.