Five Keys to Avoiding Stress, Burnout and Addiction at Your Job

Those of us who work in high-pressure environments can often find ourselves succumbing to burnout as a result of our high levels of stress. This can lead to a myriad of issues, from fatigue and depression to outright addiction as a method to cope. Many people who end up in outpatient rehab cite job and career stress as contributing factors in their addictions. If you want to avoid ending up in one of these unhappy scenarios, then it's important that you take steps to prevent career-related burnout. Here are five keys to avoiding stress at your job.

1. Consistently Evaluate The State Of Your Mental Health 

It's important to consistently take a pause to evaluate the state of your mental health. You can periodically ask yourself a myriad of questions, such as whether or not your work stresses are carrying over into your personal life and causing you to participate in negative behaviors.

2.  Make Time For Breaks and Vacations
Many of us wear "workaholic" as a badge of pride. However, there's no such thing as a person who can work constantly at a high output level without getting burnt out. To prevent work-related stress and burnout, it's essential that you make time for breaks and vacations to help you unwind and reset.

3. Evaluate The State of Your Substance Use
Plenty of us can enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day without it becoming a problem. However, for those of us who are experiencing a large amount of stress or depression related to our jobs, alcohol and drugs can become a way to cope and deal with our work stresses. Take some time to evaluate the state of your substance use. If you suspect that it might be becoming a problem, then it's time to seek out help.

4. Don't Take On Too Much 

In an effort to thrive in our jobs and impress our superiors, we oftentimes will take on more work than we are equipped to deal with. To keep your stress levels under control, never take on more work than you are equipped to handle. Remember, your mental health is more important than being the most productive person in your office.

5. Don't Be Afraid To Speak Up
Too many of us are embarrassed to admit that we are overwhelmed, stressed and burned out. If you're feeling overwhelmed and unhappy, don't be afraid to share this with your friends, family and your HR department. No one wants you to work yourself into a state of unhappiness, depression or addiction. Furthermore, no one will lose respect for you if you speak up and make the decision to be candid about your emotional, physical and mental well-being.
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