Burnouts are becoming an increasingly common occurrence in modern society. Both employers and employees would be wise to fear burnout, as they do not only lead to decreased productivity but also to serious conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Below are 10 signs you may be suffering from burnout:
You Are Constantly Tired
Even when you have not done any tiring activities in recent days, burnouts cause you to feel constantly fatigued. To make matters worse, insomnia is another early sign of burnout. This means going to bed early a few times is not going to make the feeling of fatigue go away.
You Feel Lost in the WorkPlace
It’s a common misconception that everyone who suffers from burnout was at one point a workaholic. While failure to find a healthy work-life balance is a common cause, lacking guidance in the workplace is just as bad, if not worse.
Your Productivity Isn’t What It Once Was
You don’t automatically stop caring about your job when you suffer from burnout. It can be (and often is) the end result, but signs in the early stages are a lot more subtle.
If you find your productivity going down and you are not just having an off-day, this warrants your attention. Lowered productivity is not only a possible symptom of burnout. It is also a catalyst for frustration which, in turn, only makes matters worse.
Your Job Isn’t Fulfilling Anymore
When there is no longer any joy in what you do and what you accomplish, this should set off alarm bells. Those suffering from burnout often describe feeling everything they do seems meaningless.
You Lack Motivation
When you struggle to get up in the morning because you dread going to work, feel anxious and are eager to leave as early as possible, this may be an early symptom, especially if you did not suffer from these symptoms previously.
You Suffer from Constant Negative Emotions
If you are constantly irritated, even about trivial matters, this unrest may be a sign that things in the workplace aren’t going as they should and that this is taking its toll on your mental health.
You Take Your Symptoms Home with You
Mental symptoms such as feeling lost, depressed or lacking motivation are directly related to your job. In a more advanced stage, however, these symptoms may spread to your personal life. If you find yourself lacking the motivation to spend your free time meaningfully or are less productive in household tasks, it may be time to take action.
Your Health is Suffering
You do not need to be completely without energy to suffer from burnout. Early symptoms are a lot more subtle than that. If you find yourself having headaches, colds, or muscle tension more often than before, it could be time to consult a medical professional to find out the root cause.
You Have Concentration and Memory Issues
Those suffering from burnout often report feeling distracted. This not only makes their brain wander but also causes them to have difficulties focusing on the task at hand and retaining information.
You Consume Substances to Make You Feel Better
Someone who resorts to drugs usually has underlying issues, but symptoms are a lot wider (and often more subtle) than that. If you find yourself consuming alcohol more often or in higher quantities than before or are eating more than usual, you could be suffering from early burnout.
Burnout is a serious condition, but its symptoms, if caught early, are fully reversible. Left alone, however, it is not going away. Significant changes to one’s life need to be made.
If you feel you may be suffering from burnout, it is highly recommended you address this as soon as possible, you could try the self-help route first, there are good books that may help. Consult with your family doctor if you don’t improve.