Have you ever felt like work was dragging you down and making you feel tired, depressed and unsatisfied with your job? This is not an unusual thing for people to experience at some point in their lives. Just under half of working Australians will experience high levels of occupational burnout or “job burnout” at some point in their life. Occupational burnout is a unique form of job stress. It can be seen as a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion often combined with doubts about the value of your work, and your personal sense of self-worth.
A Cure For Occupational Burnout
Exercise has been found to be one of the most beneficial things to use to help decrease the effects of occupational burnout. When you exercise, there are many reactions and responses that occur in the body, specifically the brain. Regular exercise releases what’s known as the “feel good” or “happy hormones”. These hormones are known as endorphins and neurotransmitters. As the colloquial name suggests, when these hormones are released, it may help ease the symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. Exercise has also been shown to reduce immune system chemicals that can also have an impact on increasing depression. Furthermore, increasing the body temperature has also been shown to have a calming effect on the body!
When referring to occupational burnout, it has been found that cardiovascular exercise can enhance those feelings of well-being, in turn decreasing psychological distress, perceived stress and emotional exhaustion. It has also been found that resistance exercise can lead to significant improvements in a person’s well-being, personal accomplishment and reduced perceived stress levels. Another big reason why exercise is a proven solution to occupational burnout is the perceived impact of increased confidence within a person. Setting physical goals, working hard to achieve them and finally reaching those goals is a great accomplishment which can act as a confidence booster.
If you are suffering from occupational burnout, and if you’re feeling like work is getting you down, come in and speak to one of our Exercise Physiologists who will help you design an appropriate exercise plan, set realistic goals, help you achieve them to help improve your confidence and enhance your mood!