A New Job or a Vacation: What will it be?

Most of us, at some point in our careers, can relate to being burned out with our jobs. Our work days become burdensome and we find no satisfaction. Too many times, we soldier forward until we realize we’ve forced ourselves into a corner: we either have to find a new job or finally take that vacation that we should have taken months ago.

There are a lot of reasons for avoiding burnout, including physical ailments that can result from carrying that much stress. It’s not unheard of to develop high blood pressure, heart disease, migraines and emotional stress. The resentment, frustration and exhaustion build and before long, it’s all we can do to get out of bed each morning – even on the weekends. Job burnout can affect every aspect of our lives, says career coach and EmploymentCrossing.com founder A. Harrison Barnes. So what are the warning signs that might serve as a warning that you’re nearing the breaking point?

Are you becoming increasingly difficult to be around at work or home (or both)? Is everyone treading lightly? That could be a sign that you’re burned out, says A. Harrison Barnes.

Does the thought of having to drive to the office cause your heart to race and your breathing to quicken? These are some of the physical signs. Even dizzy spells have been reported by men and women who suffer from job burnout.

Also, says the EmploymnetCrossing.com founder, if you realize your ten and twelve hour days are slowing dwindling down to seven or eight hour days, it’s likely because you’ve come to dread walking through your office door.

You’re not doing yourself, your family or your employer any favors when you’re running on empty. Even if the timing isn’t right for a two week vacation, you and your manager should be able to find a medium ground that allows you to take a week off now and perhaps another week before the summer’s over. It’s to his advantage too, after all.

More of us are spending more of our weekends working. In fact, twenty percent of us routinely bring work home with us on Fridays. Eliminating this habit can go a long way in easing your work related stress, says Barnes.

Finally Barnes suggests upping your resting hours. If it’s usually midnight or later before you finally hit the sheets, try to make an effort to have everything done and in bed by eleven at night. An extra half hour’s sleep can make a world of difference. If you’ve sacrificed your once-cherished workout routine, be sure to find time to include it again in your daily life. Exercise, as we all know, is often the cure all. If after you’ve tried to make these changes and you’re still feeling burned out, it may be time to consider a new career option. If so, you owe it to yourself to make it happen sooner rather than later.

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