Burnout is a common obstacle in the lives of high achievers. This group of hard workers must keep an eye out for the warning signs as the condition has the potential to wreak havoc on your physical, mental and emotional health. Unlike with flu, you wouldn’t wake up one day and suddenly have burnout." Its nature is much more sinister, creeping up on us over time, making it much harder to recognise. Still, our bodies and minds do give us signs and, if you know what to look for, you can start to reverse the damage before it’s too late.
What is burnout?
Burnout is a condition where excessive and prolonged stress causes emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion. It occurs when you’re overwhelmed and feel like you’re no longer able to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest and motivation that led you to take on the role in the first place.
Burnout diminishes your productivity and eliminates your energy levels, leaving you feeling more helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Eventually, you may feel like you have nothing more to give.
Signs of burnout:
- No Motivation
- Frustration, cynicism and negativity
- Inability to concentrate
- Deteriorating job performance
- Conflict/detachment in interpersonal communications
- Not taking care of yourself
- Constantly thinking about work
- Feeling generally unhappy
- Serious health problems
How do I prevent it?
- Give yourself time to relax in the morning, before the rush begins
- Practice healthy eating, exercising and sleeping
- Set boundaries – It’s ok to say ‘no’ once in a while
- Schedule a regular break from technology daily