Author Topic: Am I burned out from stress or what's going on here?  (Read 288 times)

Hello my friends, looking for some help here. First a background story. After working as a salesman for an ice-cream company for a little less than 2 years, I was recomended by the previous boss to apply for his job because he wanted to change jobs after being there for 6 years. I felt honored of course that I got the chance to be promoted after that short time. I applied, and got it

This job requires a lot from me. From being a janitor to train my employees about sales techniques (I had no prior experience in sales before that ice cream job but I have a lot of experience with social work),administration,make sure the cars are safe to use in trafic, order all the ice cream, big freezer work etc. I'd say this job is as close as you can get to having your own company, but I have a boss too and he takes care of the major parts about running a company.

Anyway, the job is quite stressful,especially during summertime. Last week the storm hit me hard. The freezer was about to go out on me so top priority was to make sure it didn't break down completely. At the same time I had problems with some of the terminals we use when selling. I was in telephone for hours for a few days just to get the damn thing to work. In the middle of all that I also accidentally broke my finger and spent hours in the hospital, got a cast on and got home around 2 am that night. Next day, back to work still stressed about the freezer, stressed about the terminals but now also with pain, rendering me handicapped so my employees had to load up the ice cream themselves in their cars. Hospital called me a few days later and told me I needed surgery. Went to the hospital on friday at 7am, didn't sleep all night and of course they sent me home because they had patients in more need of surgery. I had to return the next morning. So instead I went to work, deadly tired. I returned on saturday and got the surgery. Sunday resting but feeling bad. Monday back to work

My employees had to be responisble for their own loads. And on the last drive of the week they must do an inventory check of their truck
I had to spend 4 days to correct all errors they made while filling out their list with the products they stocked. The sales amount of a lot of products didn't match what they wrote on the inventory so I had to spend hours to check each employee and correct what they took from the freezer, what they sold and what their inventory said, and still there was a crapload of other stuff I had to do

Now I feel dizzy just speaking a single word, sounds I'm not ready for scare the hell out of me and just writing this starts stressing me out to the point that I'm about to pass out. It feels like needles are being put all over my body, mostly in my legs though,heart rate go up and down, suddenly I feel extremely warm and I constantly have that feeling you get in your gut/chest when you're extremely nervous about something etc. Just too much stress or what do you think? I know I should lay down now probably, but that makes you think and feel even more so I thought maybe some game making could make me focus on something else but it's not easy to ignore these feelings :-(
Any tips?
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Re: Am I burned out from stress or what's going on here?
« Reply #1 on: 14 Jun 2019, 22:33 »
Something to take you mind off? A film you've never seen, one you've always wanted to see, if you can. Can you binge The Grand Tour?

For sure you need to relax. No job is worth an early grave. I had an understaffed position once with periods of insane traffic, and eventually I learned to take one thing at a time and work at an unrushed pace. More haste, less speed, as the saying goes.

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Re: Am I burned out from stress or what's going on here?
« Reply #2 on: 14 Jun 2019, 22:51 »
Yes, sounds like you are definitely stressed. If you don't take a step back and relax, your system may eventually just shutdown and you won't be able to do even the more basic of stuff.

I  think I tried to warn you about taking too much and doing everything yourself on your other thread.
My advice, talk to your doctor and eventually get some time off. Either vacation of sick leave. Do his ASAP, before you get worse.

Remember, work should stay at work, once you "clock out" you should no longer think about solving work problems.
Maybe read a book, as it can take your mind out of it and be relaxing at the same time.

Get well soon.
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Re: Am I burned out from stress or what's going on here?
« Reply #3 on: 15 Jun 2019, 12:48 »
Thanks for your responses :-) I try my best to leave all work stuff at home but I'm still on call of something happens but my employees knows that I'm like 911. They only call if something serious happens. They respect that so i can usually relax from work when I'm home. I think these last 2 weeks was just way too intense. Hopefully i will calm down soon :-)
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Re: Am I burned out from stress or what's going on here?
« Reply #4 on: 15 Jun 2019, 13:49 »
Wow I would fire every one of those idiot employees. If any of them begged for their job, I'd grab them by the collar, pull them close, and whisper in their ear, "get out while you've still got those pretty eyes." Then get your broken finger replaced by one encrusted in diamonds. Buy a fedora and cane and have the new batch for idiot employees refer to you solely as Doctor Diamond Touch. If any of them even start to screw up a little, get their attention from afar, put a quieting finger over your lips, and hold up a photo of their children. Theatrically drag your diamond finger across your throat and fold the photo up. Put it back in your shirt pocket. Pretend it never happened.
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