Burnout is classified as “a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress”. It is not something you should just sweep under the rug, as it can cause huge problems in your relationships and happiness, and negatively affect your job and health. One of the scariest things about burnout is that it’s not only connected to your job, your everyday life demands can contribute as well. Luckily, you can identify it and prevent it, and set your life right again.
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As with any thing in life, admitting you have a problem is the first step. So now that you know you’re burning out, here’s what you can do to turn it around.
Here are nine signs you are burning out.
You are overtired. All the time. It feels as if there is nothing left in you to give to others or at work. It doesn’t matter how much you sleep or how long the weekend is, you never have energy. When you get home, all you can master is lie on the couch; you’re not even concentrating on what you’re watching.
- Short temper
The smallest thing annoys you. And it’s not just that you get annoyed, you get angry. Then you take it out on the people (loved ones) around you.
Yes, we all need a healthy dose of cynicism, but when you wake up “just knowing it will be a bad day”, every day, it’s a problem. It feels as if the top of the mountain is getting further and further away, and regardless of how hard you work or how many hours you put in, you’re not getting through your list.
- General apathy
You’re not interested in your work (you do it ‘cos you must), but you’re also not interested in the other things in life. You don’t want to go out and see friends. Even the smallest thing feels like moving a mountain to get it done.
- Lack of motivation
You find almost nothing exciting any more. You wake up on a Monday, and you can’t wait for Friday. Getting out of bed in the morning is getting harder and harder, and you oversleep constantly. It doesn’t bother you if you’re late or you leave early, and you’re becoming a pro at dogging responsibilities – not because you’re lazy, but because you don’t care any more.
Are you constantly asking yourself what the tasks you’re doing even means? Does it feel as if you’re in the exact same spot as you were a year ago? Whether it’s your personal or professional life if you feel stuck, you have a problem.
- Poor cognitive health
You lack concentration; the smallest thing can distract you. You struggle to solve problems, and you take longer to complete tasks. Making decisions and remembering things are becoming harder and harder.
- Being careless with yourself
Hello, binging. It can be eating, drinking, smoking, or sedentary. You’re skipping exercising (or even meals) and not sleeping enough. Are you turning to medication to help you through the day? Does your current diet consist of sugar, caffeine, alcohol, saturated fat and possibly nicotine?
- Health issues
In the short-term, burnout can cause acne, hair loss and lower your immunity. You’ll also suffer from muscle pain and headaches. Prolonged burnout can lead to heart disease, depression, obesity and digestive issues.
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