As a police officer, physical and mental stresses are encountered daily, which can eventually take a toll. All of these stressors can lead to a hectic life. Burnout doesn’t happen overnight; it’s developed gradually and is different for each person. But the most common symptom for all officers is fatigue.
Here are some symptoms to watch out for when on the path to burning out:
- Lose Motivation
- Trouble Concentrating
- Poor Work Habits
- Poor Health
- Possible Depression
If you feel like things are leading to these symptoms, we have easy ways to help you get out of that slump.
Focus on being healthy: Eating better, exercise, and a good amount of sleep.
Pay attention to work hours: Start setting limits on your job hours, as much as possible. All work and no play make for a dull employee. Start creating a positive work balance.
Talking to Friends and Family: Reach out to your support system and communicate what some of your stressors are. You can even speak to your managers. They may provide insight that you may not have thought of before.
Staying Positive: Worry and stress happen every day for officers. This weight can get dull fast. Many organizations contribute to showing appreciation, and simply thank you for doing a great job and complementing on an outstanding performance.
Focus on the future: Whether you are deciding to finish out your career in law enforcement until retirement or looking to move on, having something to look forward to can be powerful as a means of change. Once you have figured out what path you want to take, start with the necessary steps to get there. Start with small steps if it is easier to make a change.
Again, everyone is different, and these quick suggestions may not be for you. But the important things to remember that making small changes can help your perception quickly give a peace of mind.