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Job Burnout Could Lead to Long-Term Health Risks

Stop me if this sounds like you: a feeling of dread creeps in each time you make your way to work. You have been avoiding and resenting coworkers for some time now. You experience headaches, fatigue and a growing sense of apathy about your daily tasks on the job. You become irritated at office occurrences that previously seemed manageable.

You, my friend, are experiencing burnout. Just like a tired, overworked lightbulb flickering to stay on, your system “just can’t even” anymore. It happens to the best of us and doesn’t necessarily mean that we are bad workers. In fact, new research suggests burnout may originate from a fundamental mismatch between our unconscious needs and our jobs’ daily demands.

A study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology evaluated responses from 97 participants on what motivates them at their job. Some people are drawn to “power motives,” or negotiation, being responsible for others and maintaining discipline. Others are compelled by “affiliation motives,” such as seeking trust and belonging from forging positive relationships with others. If either group does not have those unconscious needs met in their work life, burnout can be a natural consequence.

The first group tends to experience more of the physical sensations associated with burnout, such as headache, shortness of breath and even chest pain. The second group tends to feel the strong emotional effects—which we know can be just as painful. Either way, co-author of the study and University of Leipzig senior researcher Beate Schulz states that “burnout is essentially an erosion of motivation.”

The mechanism that is likely behind many forms of burnout is a physiological one. Heightened states of arousal are essential to our survival when faced with threats, but they are never meant to be a constant way of living. Clinical psychologist Vincent Passarelli told The Huffington Post how the factors behind burnout could very well lead to long-term physical health risks if these heightened states do not return to normal. “Whether it is being on call to respond to after-hour emails or finding a way to suppress your thoughts and feelings at a job where there is a notable mismatch, constant states of arousal are required to maintain both.”

So, how can you tell if you are on your way to burnout? Certain fields, like healthcare or any type of helping profession, often carry a higher risk, as well as being a caregiveroutside of your career. If you have been noticing grumblings of job dissatisfaction, ask yourself:

  • Am I avoiding coworkers, clients or even friends and family more often?
  • Do I feel less enthusiastic, or even apathetic or resentful, about my job duties or mission?
  • Do I feel tired and unmotivated more often at work?
  • Am I plagued by headaches or other physical symptoms without a known cause?
  • Do I fantasize about leaving and doing a job completely different than what I’m doing now?

If you do feel like burnout is creeping in, look out for more signs and try out some of thesetechniques to help get back on track. And, if your job isn’t meeting your needs, perhaps it’s time to think outside the box and pursue something that will invite more happiness into your life.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/job-burnout-could-lead-to-long-term-health-risks.html


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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