how to recognize the signs of burnout

Updated: Jan 4

Burnout is a fairly new term used to describe physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. Those who experience burnout might start to feel overwhelmed, stressed, or emotionally drained due to constant demand at work, school, or even at home. Burnout can cause you to lose all motivation, and it can affect multiple areas of your life. In today’s post, we will provide you with a few tips on recognizing the signs of burnout so that you can make the necessary changes to avoid it.

anger and irritability

When you first started your job, did you feel excited and open to the numerous possibilities? Has that feeling faded over time, leading you to feel more frustrated? One of the most common signs of burnout is an overall feeling of pessimism about the work you do and your environment. While it’s common to feel this way from time to time, you shouldn’t feel this way every time you go to work.

Instead of letting the negative feelings take over, try and find a way to fix them. Think about what might be causing these feelings. If the cause is out of your control, consider some ways outside of work that can help you shift your view. Take a day off where you have nothing planned but relaxation, or consider talking to a professional!

you’re completely exhausted

Every once in a while, you may get out of bed in the morning already feeling tired due to a poor night of sleep, or you may feel emotionally drained from a stressful day at work. Similar to feelings of anger and irritability, emotional and physical exhaustion shouldn’t be an everyday occurrence. Everyone has days where they feel completely drained, but if this has become the normal feeling for you, then it could be a sign of burnout.

Feelings of exhaustion can also lead to a lack of motivation. Getting up, going to work, and making it through the day may feel completely draining, and the idea of having to do it all again the next day may leave you regretting the day before it even arrives. It’s important to know that these feelings are not normal, and it may be beneficial to find a way to treat your burnout before it gets worse.

lack of concentration

Distractions are a part of the work environment. Between coworkers stopping by to ask a question and meetings throughout the day, it’s normal to have moments where it’s difficult to focus. However, those distractions shouldn’t make it impossible for you to get your work done.

If you are finding it difficult to focus on the work at hand, or you find yourself forgetting about tasks completely, then it could mean that you’re experiencing burnout. In the early stages, those with burnout may forget a few tasks here and there, or they may have days where it’s difficult to concentrate. However, as burnout progresses without treatment, the problem could lead to a point where you don’t get anything done and your work starts to pile up.

physical symptoms

Most people believe that burnout is strictly mental, but that isn’t the case. Some of the symptoms associated with burnout, including insomnia and overwhelming stress, can lead one to experience physical symptoms. Symptoms such as chest pains, frequent headaches, frequent illness, pain, or dizziness can all be a result of stress or lack of sleep caused by burnout.

interpersonal problems

Many of the signs of burnout don’t involve other people, so it may be difficult to recognize them unless someone brings it up. That being said, burnout can also cause interpersonal problems. Interpersonal problems can happen in one of two ways. Either you start to have more conflicts with your coworkers or family members, or you start to withdraw from communicating and interacting with people. In some cases, you might be interacting with people physically, but you might be tuned out or lost in thought.

slipping job performance

Sometimes, the symptoms of burnout can be mild, and it may be difficult for you or others to even recognize them. If you think you might have burnout, take a look at your job performance. Those who suffer from burnout may see a drop in their job performance over an extended period of time.

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