Do you often feel tired?
Do you have no energy to do the things that are important to you? Do you feel apathetic, despondent, and empty?
Then being burned out is a genuine possibility. And it’s quite common too.
Over 75% of people will experience professional burnout at some point during their working lives.
Burnout isn’t just about feeling overworked – it’s also about having little motivation to carry on doing your job because you’ve lost interest in what you do and who your work affects.
Burnout is often the result of feeling like your work isn’t making a positive difference in the world. It’s about having little to no control over what you do day-to-day.
Many people experience burnout when they feel undervalued by their employer or team members like no one really care whether they’re around or not.
Or it can be because someone has unrealistic expectations of you, which leaves you with less space to use your own initiative and creativity on the job.
Burnout is your body’s way of saying that you’re not engaging with what you’re doing in the right way for you.
It can be prevented when you know how to look after yourself when things get tough at work, but it still needs time and attention, so the feelings of burnout don’t come back again in the future.
Here are 5 signs of burnout and some ideas on how to recover from it.
Table of Contents
5 Important Signs Of Burnout
Feeling Overwhelmed And Overworked
Losing Touch With What You Enjoy About Your Work
Feeling Disconnected From Your Fellow Team Members
Having Negative Thoughts About Your Job Or Employer
Not Caring About Your Professional Reputation Anymore
1) Feeling Overwhelmed And Overworked
You might feel overwhelmed by your workload if there’s more work than time available or if people expect too much of you all at once.
You could be doing an important job that requires significant effort. But your current situation feels like too much to handle because something has gone wrong along the way.
For example, you’ve been given a task that is beyond your level of expertise.
2) Losing Touch With What You Enjoy About Your Work
You might lose interest in what you do if no one gives you opportunities to learn and develop in your role.
As a result, every day starts to feel the same. When burnout strikes, you stop caring about whether or not things get done properly. Because it all feels pointless anyway when there’s nothing else on offer from your employer.
3) Feeling Disconnected From Your Fellow Team Members
If you’re feeling disconnected from other people around you at work, then this could be a sign of burnout, too. Especially if these disconnections have been going on for several weeks.
This could be due to a breakdown of communication within your team, or it could be because you’re unhappy, which has caused rifts between you and your colleagues.
4) Having Negative Thoughts About Your Job Or Employer
If it feels like all you ever think about lately is how awful the work environment is and how much you want to leave as soon as possible, then perhaps you’re suffering from burnout already.
Feeling fed up with your current job is one thing – but those thoughts that constantly go round in your head don’t feel good at all, do they?
It’s time to take action before those negative thoughts start taking over completely.
5) Not Caring About Your Professional Reputation Anymore
When you’ve become burned out, it often feels like no one will notice if you leave or not. You might feel like everyone at your workplace would be better off without you and that things would actually improve due to your departure.
While this isn’t always true (and those feelings can also indicate depression), feeling detached from what you do is never good for your motivation levels.
How To Recover From Burnout
What does balance mean to you? How much time should you spend doing the things that renew your energy so that work doesn’t run your life?
Think about these things honestly and write them down somewhere, so they’re easy to remember when you feel stressed and overwhelmed again.
When you feel like you’re burning out, try to take a step back from everything going on and concentrate on the things that make you happy and healthy.
Think about what really matters: your family, friends, or even your pet! Remembering these things can help you get through the tough times at work without burning out too fast.
If possible, ask someone else in your workplace to help support you when things get difficult so that neither end up feeling isolated. It can be both challenging and scary, but it helps if someone is there with you every step of the way.
Your wellbeing at work should come first because if it doesn’t, then no one else’s will either – and this will make life difficult for everyone involved.
So don’t give up on yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it!
If you’re a manager concerned that some of your employees may be at risk of burnout, try to encourage them to take regular breaks from work.
Between these breaks, talk with your team members about their current workloads and how they can manage tasks more effectively.
Burnout is a serious issue that can have lasting consequences. It may be difficult to find the motivation to take care of yourself, but it’s important for your physical health and your mental well-being.
This post has provided you with some helpful tips on recovering from burnout and avoiding it in the future.
It’s important to note that burnout can be prevented if caught early enough – so take a look at these tips before they become an issue!
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