Hi, I work full-time in a high-pressure environment, and right now my body and mind are giving me signs indicating that I need a break. In my work, I have several procedures to follow, which are constantly being updated. I'm having a hard time keeping up... As my time is charged to clients, I fill in timesheets, and I'm constantly under pressure to have a minimum of non-billable time, which is exhausting! Moreover, I have to deal with short deadlines, often several simultaneously. This is made even heavier by the fact that the instructions I get aren't always clear and the people I work for don't seem to grasp the concept of "help me help you". All this leaves me mentally exhausted today, as I am demotivated, tired, have difficulty concentrating and am feeling like my life is pointless. I know I only need a 2-week or so break to recharge my batteries, but I don't have any vacations left and cannot afford a leave without pay. I'm afraid seeing a doctor would only get me a prescription for antidepressants, and should I get a prescription for time off, I wouldn't want words like "burn-out" or "depression" on it... Any advice? What's a girl gotta do to get well-needed rest without jeopardizing her job or reputation when she doesn't even appear sick on the outside???
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.
Burn out is happening in most of the professions nowadays due to the erratic work schedules and tremendous job pressure. I can understand your concern.
You are not depressed. It is just anxiety that you are having due to the stressful job. I agree with you that taking a few days leave and going for a vacation should prove positive but if you are unable to go for vacation then my advise would be to indulge in yoga and meditation. Half an hour to one our of yoga and meditation should charge you up for the whole day. It would be better if you could join some yoga and meditation classes.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.
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