Are You Over-Stressed? Burnt Out? - [website] Email Print
Published: 25th of May 2017 by: Carolyn Kessler

In the last couple of decades stress has become the buzz word of note. We use it all the time in connection with our work, our home life, our state of mind. So, why are we always complaining about being too stressed?

Interestingly, when say we work in a stressed job the inference is that we are frantically busy, without a moment to look around. But are you aware that you can become extremely stressed in a job where you haven’t enough to do and are counting the hours on the clock all day?

You see, there is good stress and bad stress.

Good stress is that which gives you a gentle nudge to move out of your comfort zone to some degree and stretch yourself in terms of knowledge and/or quantity and quality of work product. Effective work environments produce a measure of this healthy stress, ensuring employees remain engaged and derive satisfaction from their tasks.

Bad stress is that which leaves you feeling permanently overwhelmed, incompetent and leads finally to burnout. Bad stress can arise when you aren’t gaining any satisfaction or recognition from your job. It definitely arises when you don’t feel valued for whatever reason or if you’re bored with what you’re doing and not getting any pleasure from a task well done. It can and does arise with office politics which is often cited as the main reason for leaving a company. If your work environment is toxic, it doesn’t matter how much you enjoy the content of your work – you are going to feel demotivated and stressed.

Bad stress becomes lethal if it isn’t recognised and dealt with effectively. Without the person or those around them being aware, bad stress can push someone from being the crazy, overwhelmed workaholic to the apathetic, lethargic and deeply depressed individual suffering from burnout.

It’s important we understand that highly stressed and burnt out are two different states.

The highly stressed person is likely to start taking odd days off, start getting sick easily, begin to uncharacteristically snap at colleagues and generally resemble a whirling dervish. There is a lot of emotion surrounding them, but unfortunately it’s usually negative.

Once they have crossed over into true burnout their behaviour takes on an eerie quality of absolute calm. This state is characterised by a complete lack of care for whether or not things get done or how they get done. This individual will cease to engage on many levels. The show very little emotion and can become almost robotic. They are unlikely to be able to pull themselves out of this hole and it now becomes the responsibility of those around them to step in where-ever possible. Please don’t ignore these warning signs – they’re serious.

So you can clearly see that there are varying degrees of stress and each of us sits somewhere on the curve between bored, to healthily productive, to overstressed, and finally to the other side of the spectrum - namely depressed.

Our Stress and Time Management course addresses all these issues and its aim is to help you to manage yourself more effectively time and planning wise. As well as giving you tools to structure your work load more efficiently and foster assertive communication skills necessary to gain cooperation from those around you.

Staff Training is a soft skills training provider. Contact us at 0861 996 660.

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