Did you know that even the most durable people are subject to experiencing burnout from time to time? Burnout is often viewed as the consequence of being overworked and stressed out without being able to find relief, but it is much more complicated than that. Burnout is actually a symptom of chronic stress… and it doesn’t even have to be work related! Relationship stressors, home stressors, and financial stresses can all contribute to burnout!
Do you think you’re suffering from burnout right now? Here are 5 tell-tale signs:
1. An overall lack of motivation to do anything. When you look at a project for work, do you get a feeling that starts in the pit of your stomach that tells you that you just don’t need to work today? Burnout can cause a difficult to become enthusiastic about anything. If you have a hard time getting going in the morning or you have to literally drag yourself through every day, then burnout is a good possibility.
2. You don’t have the same level of focus. Does it seem like it takes you twice as long to get half as much work done? Do you find yourself constantly distracted by different things? This lack of focus doesn’t necessarily mean you have ADHD – it could be burnout. This distraction tendency is actually the “flight or fight” mechanism kicking in. The distractions help to relieve a little stress, but when this becomes a habit, the distractions become lengthier and more problematic.
3. Do you feel tired all of the time? Stress affects the body in a lot of ways, but maybe the most common symptom of stress is a higher-than-normal level of fatigue that stays with you constantly. If you’re getting enough sleep every night, yet still need several cups of coffee to have enough energy to get through the day, then burnout could be part of your daily equation.
4. Are you always thinking about work? Another common sign that burnout is setting in is that you just can’t leave your work at work. Even when you’re at home, you’re plotting, scheming, and problem-solving your way through tomorrow’s work day. You might be beating yourself up over decisions made in the past at work. If all you ever think about is work, even when doing things that you love, then what you’re really doing is exposing yourself to constant stress. If burnout isn’t there yet, it’s sure to arrive soon!
5. You’re not taking care of yourself. This shows up in the little things of life. You might:
You might not be getting enough sleep if this is happening as well, which creates a cycle of using sleep aids and other medication to treat the symptoms you’re experiencing. This can then cause addictions to occur and even more health problems!
Burnout is a serious condition that needs to be treated! Begin to take time for yourself today, find some coping skills, or even begin to practice meditation in some way. By finding new ways to help your mind process stressful events, you’ll find that the burnout you’re experiencing can quickly disappear!