Updated: Sep 16, 2021
Do you think you might be burnt out but not sure if you should be worried?
These are the signs of burnout that you should not ignore.
What is burnout?
Burnout is an epidemic of the 21st century. We are stressed, overworked, pushing too hard and our system’s in a state of constant override.
According to the World Health Organization, burnout is a syndrome, related to the “chronic
workplace stress that has not been successfully managed."
While the official definition refers to workplace-related stress only, burnout is a wider concept.
It can happen if you have too much on at work, struggling with parental responsibilities, or simply having too much on for too long.
Burnout is not just about having a lot on. It is about not listening to your body and not addressing the early signs of the imbalance.
Press that ‘override’ button one too many times, and you will burn out.
What are the signs of burnout?
How do you know if you’ve burnt out?
Here are the burnout symptoms that you can check against.
Sign 1. Exhaustion
One of the most common signs of burnout is emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion.
Do you notice any change in the level of your physical energy? Could it be that going to the gym regularly was no biggie and now it seems nearly impossible?
Or maybe you really struggle to find the motivation to do anything.
You have all those hobbies, dreams, and projects you want to pursue, but can’t find the energy to do any of them.
Those are the early warning signs you need to pay close attention to. How long has it been going on? Do you indeed have too much on or do you struggle to deal with your regular life?
Sign 2. Bad Concentration
Do you ever catch yourself staring at the screen re-reading that sentence yet another time? Or does it take you longer than usual to finish that presentation?