Do you know the signs of burnout? People often say they have “burnout” just to describe any feeling of being stressed, overwhelmed, or overworked. Burnout can be mild to extreme and is an actual state of emotional and mental exhaustion.
I remember when I was feeling extreme effects of burnout in my job. I would pull into the parking lot and call my friend, so she could give me a pep talk to get me to walk in and fulfill my commitment. My job had a time line, and those last few months seemed to last forever.
I got through my contract and finished my job successfully, but as I look back, I realize I should have never committed to the last annual contract. I had major burnout, which radiated stress through the fabric of my life.
If you don’t take steps to deal with the early signs of burnout, it can lead to a lot of negative consequences in your personal and professional life. Here are some warning signs to be aware of to help prevent burnout.
Simple Tasks Seem Complex
When you complete the same task several times, you know approximately how long it takes you to complete and how difficult it is. But when you suddenly take 2-3 times longer to finish that same task or you find it difficult to focus long enough to ever get it done, that may be a warning sign that something is wrong.
Don’t ignore these moments when it is hard to do even the simplest of things, that you usually breeze right through. It can be a sign that something else is going on.
There are many reasons to have mood shifts or behavioral changes, like stress and anxiety, but burnout can also be added to this list.
It is important to be aware of changes with your mood, attitude, or behaviors concerning a possible area of burnout.
Are falling back into unhealthy habits? Or you are getting irritable and angry at your loved ones at the drop of a hat?
Sometimes, when you face burnout, the stress can overpower your logical thinking and it becomes harder to keep your cool, especially if you work from home.
Increase in Mental Health Stress
When you have burnout or overwhelm, you might notice extreme exhaustion or anxiety that can wear you out. It is important to be aware of increased mental stress that seems to be getting worse, whether you are getting treated by a mental health professional or not.
Talking to a professional can help to ease some of the mental stress and anxiety. You are a stronger woman if you chose to seek mental health, not weaker. Do what is right for you.
Lack of Energy or Excessive Fatigue
Have you noticed that it takes all your energy just to do simple tasks that are associated with the area of burn-out? Energy comes in many forms, but when you’re dealing with burnout, it can be tough getting rid of negative energy. Sometime it can feel like negative energy is enveloping you and it is difficult to escape.
Negative energy can cause mental and physical drain. If you have ruled out physical reasons for the fatigue or energy loss, it is time to consider your mental health and see if you might leading toward burnout.
If you are noticing any signs of burnout, try to observe your situation and see if there is anything you can do to help relieve even a little bit of the stress. Seek other options for your future, even if it is long term.
Sometimes the hope of a change can be enough to pull you through a rough environment that is causing burnout in your life, or consider seeking a mental health professional to ease your stress. Stay strong my sister!