By Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen, MDs
More than a decade ago, businesswoman Arianna Huffington collapsed at work. Huffington feared she had a brain tumor, but her doctor concluded the fainting spell was the result of sleep deprivation and job stress.
The diagnosis was life-changing, and Huffington made it her mission to speak out about the real health hazards of work burnout.
Recently, the World Health Organization affirmed Huffington's message. WHO added work burnout to the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases, a global guide for categorizing and diagnosing health conditions.
WHO says symptoms of work burnout include feelings of energy depletion and fatigue, cynicism or negativity about your job, and reduced motivation.
The move legitimizes a phenomenon that affects millions of people. In a survey of nearly 7,500 Americans, roughly 25% reported chronic work burnout.
Research shows that burnout increases the risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even premature death, and adds as much as $190 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.
Research from the Cleveland Clinic has found that learning stress management is the first step to lowering your risk.
In addition, you should take breaks from electronic devices at predetermined intervals so that you aren't always “on.”
Stand up and take a two-minute walking break every hour. Go outside for lunch; take a 10-minute walk.
Ask your supervisor for permission to present ideas for making your job run more smoothly. And add healthy food choices to your weekly routine, along with mindful meditation for 10 minutes before bed.