Burnout is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained and unable to meet constant demands. As stress continues, you begin to lose the interest and motivation that led you to take on a certain role.
The unhappiness and detachment that burnout causes can threaten your job, relationships and health. By recognizing the earliest warning signs, you can take steps to prevent burnout. If you have started feeling burnout, there are plenty of things you can do to regain your balance and start to feel positive and hopeful again. Of course, it never hurts to consult with a professional if you realize that you are beginning to experience burnout.
Potential signs of burnout include:
- Every day is a bad day
- Caring about your work or home life seems like a total waste of energy
- You're exhausted all the time.
- The majority of your day is spent on tasks you find either mind-numbingly dull or overwhelming.
- You feel like nothing you do makes a difference or is appreciated.
Have any of you experienced Burnout? If so how are you working on overcoming this feeling?