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Don't Let Burnout Add Extra Pounds on You

By Stephen R. Farris

Are we spending way too much time at our job? Chances are you said yes. Longer hours, stuck in traffic for long periods of time just to get to our jobs and return home, plus getting less time for family and sleep can eventually lead to developing burnout syndrome.

Yes, burnout syndrome is a thing, according to the International Classification of Diseases (IDC) after adding the condition to their list as a diagnosable disease. According to the IDC, their definition of burnout is associated with work stress and conditions related to it.

Suffering from burnout can cause us to develop certain health conditions, more likely, gaining weight. After all, we have to fuel ourselves sitting at the desk staring at the computer screen all day and into the night. So it's not uncommon to keep snacks around, order takeout or hit up the vending machines when we do get the occasional break.

If you're burned out or on the verge, then stop and evaluate things. First of all, make sure you are taking good care of you. This means getting in a little exercise and eating healthy, as well as getting needed rest. 

Ask for Changes

Another solution is to talk with your employer. Ask them to limit work to  working hours only. This means, too, that you're not willing to answer emails after hours or talk shop over the phone after you get home. If this is not entirely possible, then ask them to set parameters. 

Sleep is Important

There are probably thousands of people working in the United States -- and yes, that number is more than likely considerably on the low side -- that work day and night and get anywhere from four to six hours of sleep each day, or less. Staggering isn't it? But in order to function properly, you need to figure out in your busy schedule to make time for at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night. You might have to juggle some things here or there, but it will help you tremendously by doing so.

Burnout Eating

Keep this in mind. When you're burning the midnight oil often at work. Days, weeks, months, then make sure you stock up your desk with some healthy snacks and beverages. Take a few extra minutes in the mornings to pack a healthy lunch/dinner for work. Most jobs have break rooms with refrigerator/freezers in them for employees to use. 

However, not doing anything to avoid getting burned out will not only start showing up in your waistline, but health illness in other parts of your body as well. So isn't it time you make a change?

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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