5 warning signs of burnout

signs of burnout

How many of these 5 warning signs of burnout do you have?

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5 signs your burning out

Burnout is a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion due to prolonged chronic stress. Knowing the warning signs of burnout is essential for everyone, avoiding total burnout can save your health in the longterm. Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands.

In an ideal world, we would be at peace and not have to worry about burning out and becoming physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted.

In reality, our lives are becoming busier and expectations to achieve are higher than ever. This leads us to be highly stressed, with chronic adrenaline and cortisol running through our bodies. Burnout is a state of total exhaustion caused by chronic stress. This state of being may lead you to feel hopeless, resentful, lethargic, helpless and anxiety (1).

5 warning signs of burnout

1. Your always sick

You feel rundown, you catch every cold that is going around and can’t seem to shake it. Being chronically stressed depletes your immune system. I have covered the effects of stress here

The negative effects of burnout penetrate all areas of your life, including social life, relationships, home and work. Chronic stress and burnout can cause long term changes to your body and open you up to more illnesses. Therefore, it is very important that if you identify any signs of burnout, to respond and deal with it right away (1).

2. You feel guilty when you try and relax

You have so many things to do, your mind is racing and your thinking of all the tasks you need to complete. You feel guilty when you take time out for yourself. You feel guilty about not spending your time wisely and productively. Remember, your body needs to rest, relax and recuperate.

3. Your irritable

Your generally irritable and have a low tolerance for people. This may include work colleagues, your partner and your kids. You catch yourself snapping at people, and you know that is not normally you. You are more short-tempered than normal, and you have tension around your upper back and neck.

4. You have stopped taking care of yourself

You may find your exercise or diet has become poor. Your ordering take-out, making poor food choices, and generally feeling terrible. You find it hard to find time to exercise, and its a real drain to try and fit a new exercise regime into your life. Burnout normally involves losing motivation in many areas of your life, including motivation to take care of yourself.

It is extremely important that during times of high stress, that you eat a wholesome well-balanced diet, and incorporate an exercise regime into your schedule. Due to high stress, your body demands exercise and good nutrition.

5. Your work is suffering

Your unorganised, you have so much to catch up on you don’t even know where to start. You keep taking on more tasks to please your boss but are feeling stressed and irritable at work. You may feel like you want to punch someone in the throat for annoying you, but you know normally they wouldn’t bother you.

This is the time when you need take a break, take your holidays, take a mental health day, make some time for you! You deserve it!

How many of these warning signs did you have?

Did you have any of these warning signs? Check out my recent blog on how to overcome burnout and chronic stress.

signs of burnout by journey to wellness. Burnout and chronic stress go hand in hand, knowing the signs of burnout is important to prevent health issues in the future.
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  1. Help Guide. (2020). Burnout prevention and treatment. Retrieved from https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/burnout-prevention-and-recovery.htm

2. Reach out (2020). What is burnout. Retrieved from https://au.reachout.com/articles/burnout-and-chronic-stress

3.Schoen Clinic. (2020). Burnout. Retrieved from https://www.schoen-clinic.com/burnout

Emilie MASI

Registered Nurse, Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice Graduate Diploma of Wound Care Working towards Masters of Wound Care

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