Causes and Prevention of Burnout in Human Services
Shanah Magee BSHS 461 4/8/2013 Dr. Edward Armstrong
People working in the helping field are subject to conditions that can lead to depletion or even impairment, such as the emotionally intense nature of the helping relationship and increasingly heavy caseloads. Burnout is a serious issue in
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Burn out is something that happens gradually and can get worse as time goes on. Early symptoms of burnout may include feeling tired and drained all the time, constant headaches and muscle pain, loss of motivation, and decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment. It is important to address job burnout to avoid health consequences such as excessive stress, fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, alcohol or substance abuse, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, obesity, vulnerability to illnesses or a negative spillover into personal relationships and home life. Neglecting self-care can have negative effects on the body, mind, and spirit, leaving us depleted and out of balance. For this reason, it is important to have self-care strategies that address each of these parts of us. Organizations also need to support self-care for staff in order to prevent burnout.
As a human service worker, it is imperative to learn stress management skills and self-care. An individual can prevent burnout by developing healthy eating, sleeping, and exercising habits. Doing this can give a person the energy and strength needed to deal with life’s everyday stressors. Also, setting boundaries is important. It is important not to overextend one’s self and learning to say “no” in order to allow yourself the opportunity to say “yes” to things you really want to do. According to