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Does your job leave you feeling exhausted? Increasingly cynical towards your work? Have you been less efficient, lately? If so, there’s a good chance that you’re suffering from burnout which is chronic workplace stress that hasn’t been properly managed, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).
While burnout isn’t listed as a medical condition by the International Classification of Diseases, it can still affect your health. Burnout isn’t a rare phenomenon—in a 2021 survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, 79% of workers felt they were experiencing burnout. Healthcare and education, in particular, are two fields where the risk of burnout is especially high.
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While you may be used to soldiering on, your mood will continue to deteriorate unless you put your foot down and confront the problem. There are many ways to deal with burnout — quitting your job outright needn’t be the first step. Fortunately, there are less drastic measures you can take to manage your stress levels and begin feeling good about what you do again.