We all feel overwhelmed by stress at times. Working a few extra hours in the evening can turn into weekend work, making us feel like we can't keep up. Eventually, we become emotionally, physically, and mentally drained. We lose our enthusiasm and motivation. These are warning signs of approaching burnout.
Burnout is caused by excessive and prolonged stress and can lead to physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. It can reduce your energy and productivity, making you feel hopeless, helpless, cynical and resentful.
Even if you are doing something you love and are passionate and hard-working, it's still possible to become stressed and burned out if you don't take time to relax. High-achievers can be especially vulnerable to burnout, as their ambition can blind them to the warning signs.
To prevent burnout, be aware of the physical and emotional stressors, and make lifestyle changes to address them. Recognizing and addressing these stressors can help you rediscover your passion.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BURNOUT AND STRESS?
Burnout is an extreme form of stress caused by not heeding warning signs from our bodies. However, there's a clear distinction between the two: stress is feeling overwhelmed, with too many tasks and responsibilities; burnout involves feeling inadequate and having nothing left to give, no matter how hard one works or tries to concentrate. Burnout can manifest in both personal and professional contexts.
THE SIGNS OF BURNOUT
Burnout is a gradual process, and its signs are often easy to overlook or dismiss. Do you feel exhausted, helpless or unappreciated a lot of the time? If so, your body and mind may be warning you that you’re becoming overwhelmed. It’s important to recognize and address these early signs of burnout, as they can worsen over time and become unmanageable. Here are six common signs and tips to help you get back on track.
1. MORE ANGER AND ANXIETYStress can overwhelm your emotional well-being, causing anxiety, tension, and irritability. You may become less productive at work and less inclined to socialise with family or friends. Warning signs of burnout include angry outbursts, getting into arguments, and feeling hopeless, worthless, or trapped.
2. APATHY, FEELING DISCONNECTED AND HOPELESSNESS
Feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated? You might take more sick days, procrastinate on emails and ignore calls. Coming in late or leaving early to avoid socialising. These emotions can be paralysing and feel like there's no hope for progress. You might be angry at yourself for not performing or feel like there's no end in sight.
3. STRUGGLING TO SLEEP
Difficulty falling or remaining asleep, coupled with an overriding sense of exhaustion, can cause feelings of physical and emotional fatigue, depletion and dread of the upcoming day or week.
4. WEIRD ATTITUDES AND SIGNIFICANTLY LESS ENJOYMENT
Signs of waning interest in different areas of life, such as hobbies and relationships, can indicate a problem. Negative self-talk and negative feelings towards others can also be warning signs. These feelings may lead to isolation, lack of enjoyment in social activities, and avoiding spending time with people you know.
5. PHYSICAL STRUGGLES
Seek medical attention if you experience shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, weakness, or fainting. These physical symptoms may be an indication of a more serious underlying condition.
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