Prolonged Exposure
to Extreme Environment
Nakigoe

When we face chronic stress, it cannot be fixed by yoga and mindfulness alone.

Anxiety can be a warning that your current working patterns or environment are bad for you.

If you are feeling apathetic and ineffective, then your colleagues have probably already noticed:

This is not just a feeling of dissatisfaction. It is a prolonged response to chronic stress that can lead to being signed off sick, as well as high blood pressure and even depression.

Wrong advice for toxic social environment: “work harder, meritocracy will prevail, and we’ll begin thriving.”

14-hour work days:

“I reached the point of complete burnout last Christmas, I was depressed; I couldn’t stop crying.”

“I was not meant to be working and I was sick and they wouldn’t stop badgering me to jump on conference calls.”

The prime cause of burnout is a mismatch of how people want to work and the actual conditions of work. This mismatch can concern workload, your autonomy, the reward and or recognition system, the way you interact with other people, or the quality of justice or fairness at work. A mismatch on core values — doing a job about which you’re indifferent or even hostile contributes to burnout.

People who regularly have to navigate hostile and alienating environments are at high risk of burnout.

Prevention beats cure hands down. Prevention takes a lot less effort and has much better chances of success than cure.

There is a limit to what ‘self-care’ can do as some jobs and some combinations of job-with-life-situation can be nearly impossible to maintain. Certainly, living a healthy life with fitness, food, sleep and relationships will serve anyone well no matter what they aspire to. It may be that the extra edge of a healthy lifestyle is just what you need to make a job manageable.

But you cannot count on playing a hero. Nobody can tolerate exposure to extreme weather conditions and noise. Heroes burnout and die, fast. Improving the job situation and how it fits with your life needs to be part of the equation.

Break out, break out
From the sorrowful unbearable fate.
Your are not a flower-in-Hell,
At this place do not bloom,
Do not walk bound in fetters.
Soundlessly fly around fragments of events.

Who will take hold of this hand?
Who will gently brush this hair?
Now crying among young sprouts,
I feel the signal of the tender wind.

Jump out, jump out
Out of the gears of fate.
Your are not a flower-in-Hell,
At this place do not blossom,
Do not shed seeds.

To sprout second time from revolving fate

Break out, break out
From the sorrowful unbearable fate.
Your are not a flower-in-Hell,
At this place do not bloom,
Do not walk bound in fetters.

Soundlessly fly around fragments of events.