Here are 16 signs to let you know that you might be on the path to burnout:
- High Anxiety
- Exhaustion / Fatigue / Poor sleep
- Chronic Worry
- Apathy / Detachment
- Low Motivation and Drive
- Lack of productivity / Spacing out
- Irritable, Frustration and sensitive to stress
- Lack of Creativity
- Cynical / Negative attitude / Outlook / Resentment and Bitterness
- Low Commitment / Flakiness / Not showing up
- Forgetfulness / Poor Concentration
- Muscle tension
- Poor Immune / Easy to get sick
- Weight Gain
Now any of these symptoms doesn’t mean you’re on the path of burnout, we’ll go over each of these in four different posts on how you would know if it’s related to burnout.
While these conditions are related to work, it can also apply in other areas of your life, such as relationships as well.
The most important thing to recognize when it comes to burnout is it’s a condition related with your mental and emotional health.
And the chief concern is chronic stress and strain, especially if it has turned into a demanding lifestyle that you accept as normal.
In other words, getting into a short term fight or flight mode isn’t abnormal - it’s a natural bodily function that we are prepared to engage with.
However, when your nervous system is always under attack by your environment and your thinking and behaviors in a problem-reaction-solution cycle...
Then that’s a welcoming sign to burnout.
Perhaps it’s easier to first define burnout by describing what it isn’t.
Not burning out is when we think of relaxation, calmness, getting into the flow of life, being creative and passionate, resting and healing, and being at ease…
These are all natural states that allows us to perform at our peak.
When you wake up feeling well rested and naturally inspired and motivated to go forward with your day…
And at peace and accomplished before you go to bed, then these are all positive signs of a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Now if you’re already thinking that sounds like some vacation, perhaps even a far cry truth from your fast paced demanding reality
Then your reality has more control over you than you think and merits deeply considering if you are on a path of burnout.
So where would you start from here?
Take a look at signs of burnout and if the circumstances align to your current career.
Part 1 - High Anxiety, Exhaustion / Fatigue / Poor sleep, Frustration and sensitive to stress, Chronic Worry
Part 2 - Apathy / Detachment, Low Motivation and Drive, Lack of productivity / Spacing out, Irritable, Boredom
Part 3 - Lack of Creativity, Cynical attitude, Resentment and Bitterness, Low Commitment / Flakiness / Not showing up, Forgetfulness / Poor Concentration
Part 4 - Muscle tension, Hypertension, Poor Immune / Easy to Get Sick, Weight Gain
If you feel like you’re clearly on the path of burnout and want to rapidly turn it around and use it as an opportunity to learn the skills to create meaningful work for yourself...
A little about me... Hi! I'm Duncan So, Executive Director at TheBurnoutClinic.com, the Founder & Chief Catalyst of Phinklife.org, a Systems Change Agency, and the Head of Global Education at the Phinklife Institute for Social Impact empowering leaders for social impact.