Burnout. A word no one wants to hear!
Burnout. A word no one wants to hear and nobody likes to listen to but we’re all at risk at some point in our lives. Put simply, burnout occurs when you’re at the end of your rope, you’re exhausted, your mind is exhausted, and you’re entire being refuses to function. At its best we break down and it takes us out of work for a few weeks. At its worst, burnout is totally debilitating, and can cause permanent ill health.
Spotting the early sign of burnout is something we should all be aware of in today’s fast paced and highly pressured environment. Here are 5 of the most common signs:
- You feel constantly lethargic Our bodies will often show signs of exhaustion before we accept the reality of it ourselves. If you no longer have the energy to do a favourite task or if everything feels like a chore you may be approaching burnout.
- You refuse to stop If your schedule is full and you never take a sick day despite feeling poorly, always focusing on the next thing you ‘have’ to do, your body will eventually stop functioning properly.
- You never see your loved ones You may see your family every night and your friends at work, but if you haven’t spent time with them outside of these everyday scenarios in a while, you could be too caught up in your schedule and routine—a potential route to burnout.
- You have no time If you never have any time to do anything you want to, and tense up at the thought of re-arranging your schedule, there’s a good chance you’re close to burnout.
- You’re constantly stressed If you’re stressed about work, stressed about your relationships, stressed about your diet and stressed about feeling stressed—you’re close to burnout.
Sometimes we become so focused on the next big project, the next promotion or the latest “must have” item that we forget how important it is to tune into recognising these potential burnout behaviours before it gets too late.