The truth is, given the pace at which our generation work & live, burnout has sadly become an inevitable part of the equation. While most of us are used to feelings of tiredness, how do we know when we’ve crossed over into burnout territory?
Part 1 of the no-burnout bible focuses on spotting the signs so that you can stop them in their tracks, before part 2 delves into the steps you can take to combat them.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognised burnout as a syndrome caused by chronic work-related stress. It can be summed up in 3 main symptoms:: feelings of sheer exhaustion and low energy; a sentiment of detachment and negativity towards work & a drop in productivity levels.
THE SIGNS TO SPOT
There’s tiredness, and then there’s ‘can’t get out of bed’ burnout tiredness. If this is something you’re facing, alongside brain fog, low energy levels and an inability to perform the tasks you could normally do with your eyes closed, you might be suffering from a burnout episode.
THE PHYSICAL SIDE
Symptoms including headaches, back and shoulder pain or gut issues can be side effects from a prolonged period of burnout if not spotted & managed quickly.
SHUTTING OUT THE WORLD
When left too long, burnout can lead to episodes of depression— why you wonder? Well, when burnout strikes, we can be known to retreat, spending less time with the outside world, our friends and families. If this continues, you can see why it’s not hard for feelings of loneliness and eventually depression and anxiety to form.
Come back for part 2, where we will reveal the simple & accessible steps you can take to manage your burnout and stop it from taking on a life of its own.