I’m sure we’ve all had a bad day that’s turned into a bad week. And a bad week that’s turned in a bad month.
But what sets apart a bad day (or a collection of bad days) from serious burnout is your ability to bounce back. Even when things get tough, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel and weather the storm so you can resume your life and gain joy from it.
Burnout, on the other hand, can seriously impact your health and wellbeing. It’s when days are filled with anxiety, normal daily activities become exhausting, and you reach a point where it all gets too hard, and you feel like giving up.
Genuine burnout leads to an inability to successfully function on a personal, social and professional level. It steals hope. It squashes motivation. It, quite literally, sucks the life out of you.
Recognise Early Signs of Burnout
If you learn to recognise the early onset of burnout, you can minimise the effects and possibly prevent it. Here are some experiences that may indicate you have some early symptoms of burnout:
- Taking longer amounts of time to complete tasks at work that you could normally do quickly
- Disinterest in tasks or activities you used to enjoy
- Feeling tired all the time and experiencing physical illness like headaches or stomach cramps
- Spending all day Sunday, worrying about going to work on Monday
- A change in diet, eating less or eat more with a focus on unhealthy options
Three Tell-tail Signs It’s Burnout
Emotional and physical exhaustion:
Feelings of self-doubt, ineffectiveness, and lack of accomplishment:
Detachment & cynicism:
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About the Author
Way Finder, Thought Leader, Rule Breaker
Maria has been delivering soft-skills, employability skills and job readiness training to the long-term unemployed, as well as professional development to consultants and leaders within employment services sector in Australia and internationally since 2006.
Maria is passionate. Her mission is to ignite human potential and help people find what it is that gets them excited to live every day.
Maria’s unique knowledge in Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Positive Psychology have been the corner-stone of our Bounce training programs which are successfully delivered in Australia, the US and New Zealand.