Signs of Burnout
In the article, Martin Preston, founder and chief executive at Private Rehab Centre Delamere, looks at the signs of burnout.
The most common sign of burnout is having no energy to do anything, such as meeting deadlines or being sociable.
This leads to another sign of burnout, which is becoming trapped in a pit of self-doubt.
As you continue to not reach your goals, no matter how outlandish and unrealistic you may have made them for yourself, you will feel like a failure.
Another way that people recognise that they are burnt out is if they are procrastinating more than usual. This is typically due to the fear of not being able to complete a task in time.
People suffering from burnout will also usually withdraw themselves from their social circles. They will isolate themselves as they try to deal with their mounting stress alone.
Finally, those dealing with symptoms of burnout may also discover that what was once an enjoyable job is now something that makes them directly unhappy.
All pleasure in work is lost, as all tasks and goals feel unachievable. Day-to-day life in work feels unmanageable.
There are also physical symptoms, such as frequent headaches and not being able to sleep properly.
Your immune system can even become weakened during periods of burnout, causing you to become more susceptible to illnesses.
In the past, when it came to discussing the topic of burnout with employers or doctors, there was always the risk that it would not be taken seriously.
Now that the public has become more educated about the issue, it will make it easier for those suffering to recognise symptoms and seek treatment.
Leaving symptoms of burnout untreated for a prolonged period can not only be damaging to your mental health but your physical health too.
Many people have returned to their office environments, surrounded by the constant threat of the pandemic and its devastating health and financial risks.
People suffering from burnout are likely to enter into a vicious cycle of feeling stressed and anxious.
This leads to not being able to complete the tasks they have set for themselves. They may then feel even more swamped once the working day is over.