Do you find yourself yelling at the TV because of something said by a politician? Maybe you engage in road rage as you drive to work because someone cut you off or the light didn’t turn green fast enough. Perhaps a colleague or a spouse questions something you did and suddenly you go into red alert prepared for a full-on self-defense attack. These knee-jerk reactions are causing havoc on your well-being and health and mostly likely impairing your ability to make better decisions.
Career burnout is an experience that anyone can face whether you are a fast-track, job-hopping Millennial, a plateaued Gen-Xer weathering career stagnation, or a sandwiched Boomer caring for both your children and your parents.
Consider these questions:
- Do you find yourself becoming increasingly irritable or impatient with coworkers?
- Have you developed a cynical outlook toward life?
- Has your energy or motivation decreased?
- Do you find that your accomplishments no longer bring you real joy or satisfaction?
Can stress be helpful?
There are times when a little bit is a good thing.
When you are under pressure for a job interview or giving an important presentation or performance, the extra adrenaline and blood sugar provides you with the stamina and focus to take on the added pressure and challenge.