Burnout is different from the stress you experience once in a while at work due to pressure or the difficulty of the task you have to do. Burnout makes the stress and disengagement persist and recur for a long period of time. In other words, if you're burning out, it means you've been stressed and feeling really low for a while now. Below are signs of burnout and what you can do about it (since it causes a strain in your personal life and health, too).
1. You're tired all the time.
You're exhausted physically, emotionally, and mentally. A clear sign of burnout is feeling like you don't have the energy to do anything.
2. You're not motivated anymore.
You feel like everything you're doing at work is pointless. Even getting out of bed is pointless. Sure, it pays the bills but otherwise you wouldn't get your butt out. You may not have liked your job to begin with and really had brainless work, but in the case of burnout you don't even find any good in doing your job well for the sake of it.
3. You're full of negativity.
Some people aren't the negative type at all, and some are more inclined to being cynical, cranky, or pessimistic. But you yourself would know if what you're feeling is out of the ordinary or you could be negative now more than ever, in which case you could be burning out.
4. You have a hard time focusing.
When you're burning out, you tend to be negative and focus on the negative aspects of what you're doing. Naturally this would interfere with your attentiveness.
5. You're underperforming.
We have bad days in the office when we mess up or don't deliver expected results. But if it's a constant occurrence that's been going on for a long time, you could be experiencing burnout.
6. You're difficult to please.
You're generally dissatisfied and unhappy with your life. Your career isn't great, and your negativity has entered your relationships. You're aware of that, and that makes you feel worse.
What you can do:
Burnout can't be dealt with by just taking a vacation. The vacay's just a temporary solution since you'll feel good when you're out of the office but feel stressed again when you're back. Here are some things you can do.
Studies have found that meditating for at least 10 minutes every day will help you focus more. That should help you finish your tasks early and give you time to rest, recharge, or do something you love to boost your mood.
It'll help you fight the anxiety that comes with burnout and even help you feel good about yourself. Just remember to make a routine out of it so you get the maximum effects of exercise.
3. Broaden your work outlook.
It'll help you get by at work. Find things you like doing in your job. Try to see the silver lining so you can feel better.
4. Set professional goals.
If you can't enjoy your stressful job and you're burnt out, setting professional goals should give you at least a direction. While you may not still enjoy working toward your goals, at least you're moving forward and getting by well enough considering your situation.
5. Track your progress.
Note your accomplishments, your troubles, your looming questions, your doubts, your hopes. This'll help you see where you're going and how you're doing at work. Evaluate yourself. You'll discover how you can come out stronger by tackling your issues.
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