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January 6, 2023
Overcoming Burnout In High-Stress Jobs Through Resilience

Julian Oleh

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What Is Work Burnout?

Work burnout is a form of prolonged, work-related stress that causes extreme physical and emotional exhaustion. People commonly experience burnout in high-stress professions such as the military, law enforcement, paramedical services, and healthcare.

People in high-stress jobs experience burnout at a higher rate than the general population. When work-related stress turns into burnout, people often need some therapeutic intervention.

What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to bounce back after adversity. When you look at burnout from a resilience perspective, you can see it as an opportunity for self-reflection instead of a negative experience. As the saying goes, “when life gives you a lemon, make lemonade.”

What are the signs of burnout in a high-stress job?

  • Increased sick leave days 
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Extreme dissatisfaction with job
  • Inability to meet deadlines
  • Unhealthy coping strategies (alcohol, drug use, smoking, etc.)
  • Withdrawal from colleagues or social activities
  • Poor concentration or irritability
  • Sleep deprivation

How can you manage burnout through resilience?

Below are some ways to build resilience as you manage burnout and work towards healing. 

  • Seek the help of a therapist through your Employee Assistance Program
  • Talk to your supervisor, peers, or family
  • Engage in an exercise program to reduce anxiety
  • Practice good sleeping habits
  • Enjoy nature and outdoor activities
  • Add humour and laughter to your day
  • Enjoy a healthy diet
  • Explore different career options
  • Maintain a healthy work-life balance

If you want to learn more about building resilience to overcome burnout, we’re here for you. You can talk to our care team, read more articles from our qualified therapists, book a free 15-minute Meet and Greet, or join a free therapist-run webinar!

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