Burnout is a very serious state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and chronic stress. It happens after the stress has been building up for a while and we cannot fin dan outlet to release it. It is especially common among ambitious »achiever« personalities, perfectionists and people-pleasers. Being burnt out does not just mean you've been having a bad week when you're feeling low. It means your tanks are empty and if you don't stop, serious health issues will.

Here are some common signs of burnout:

Exhaustion

It’s pretty self-explanatory. You lack energy in all aspects – physical, mental, and emotional.

Lack of motivation, desperation

You see no purpose in dragging yourself to work or other chores you would usually have a little problem attending to. You might experience having absolutely zero inner motivation and enthusiasm.

Declining job performance

You might be noticing your focus is not as sharp as it should be, your results are getting worse and worse, you are not meeting deadlines, and you don’t care if you don’t do a task you should do.

Lack of self-care

Many people experiencing burnout have reported lack of energy to perform the simplest of self-care tasks, such s showering, brushing hair, as well as not eating enough, smoking excessively, drinking way more alcohol and coffee, etc.  

Negative outbursts

You might be noticing a rise of cynicism and frustration in the way you communicate. You might notice you are way more pessimistic than usual.

Interpersonal conflicts

Sadly, one of the worst damages that can happen when a person is experiencing burnout is the damage it inflicts upon relationships. Be it at work or home. Even when you are physically there, you might experience feeling like you zone out completely. If those closest to you try to put your issues in light, let them close.

Now that we’ve got your attention let us list you a few of potential health risks that might happen when experiencing severe burnout, which isn’t treated properly when there is still time.

  • Insomnia
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Weakened immune system – more illness
  • Fainting
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Loss of body hair
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stomach pain

How you can save yourself or help those close to you

  • Practice mindfulness.
  • Incorporate meditation into your routine.
  • Make time for some moving. Thirty minutes a day is more and enough.
  • Change your workload. Set boundaries. Talk to your supervisors and come ready with suggestions for change.
  • Monitor your sleep. Try some approaches to tackling insomnia.
  • Evaluate your approach. Sit with yourself and analyze how you approach life.
  • Start journaling. Start “brain dumping” every morning before work. That’s how you’ll have a clean slate.
  • Seek support. Confide in those close to you. See a therapist if you’ve been experiencing problems for a long time. Have empathy for others and yourself.
  • Unplug. Go to the seaside and enjoy some time alone. Read your favorite book. Turn off all electronics.
  • Make relaxation a priority. Get a massage once a month. Make yourself a facial mask. Go for a mindful walk or visit a friend for a coffee. Take some time to smell flowers and see the sunset with your family.

I am sending you lots of love. Let it fill every single tiny part of your body. Breathe in. Breathe out. You got this!

Written by Masha