Managing Restaurant Burnout – Dealing with Restaurant-Related Stressors

Managing Restaurant Burnout – Dealing with Restaurant-Related Stressors

A lot of employees feel the stress of any job; however there are those that work in environments that have many distractions which can heighten stress. Working in a restaurant exposes you to demanding customers, loud noises and often times long shifts on a regular basis. If you don’t proactively take the steps to counteract the chaos, these job-related stressors can lead to burnout, health problems, injuries and even job failure.


Though everyone is different, there are universal triggers that may create stress for restaurant workers:

  • Having little to no control over your work
  • Busy shifts, long nights, and standing for excessive hours
  • Environmental stressors such as loud and large crowds
  • Consistently having to please customers

These triggers can occur frequently, be on the look out for early symptoms of stress and take the right steps to relive it. Be alert for the following symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Short temper
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Job dissatisfaction
  • Difficult concentrating

Though relieving stress may not be so simple, avoiding burnout may not be as hard as you think. Consider the following stress-reducing recommendations:

  • Recognize your stress symptoms, and take action at the first sign of stress if possible
  • Exercises such as yoga, or meditation
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Get adequate rest
  • Employ conflict resolution tactics to help with demanding and difficult customers
  • Speak to your manager if you feel that your stress is becoming unmanageable
  • Balance your life, make time for friends, family and things you enjoy to help you unwind


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