Whether the burnout syndrome is a disease in its own right it’s yet to be determined, and experts are still debating: is it a form of depression? Is it anxiety?
Apparently, the burnout syndrome seems to be very much related to work and, ironically, while it can be overwhelming for the individual in the office, it seems to soften once away from the desk.
Dr. Ballard (head of PA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, source: Forbes) describes 5 signs you may are experiencing when burning out:
Mentally, physically or emotionally tired all time, as if you were feeling spent all the time.
2- Lack of motivation
You used to be a hard worker and now you find it difficult to reach your office in the morning and drag yourself along the work-day.
3- Frustration and cynicism
You are constantly disillusioned about your work. While it’s quite common to experience such feelings from time to time, the “burnout” disillusion feels like permanent.
4- Cognitive problems
Stress makes the mind focus only on the negative elements of a situation, that we perceived as a threat. Thus, it makes our body and mind react fast. But when stress is the only lens we see reality through, it becomes difficult to pay attention to other elements and stimulus.
5- Sloppier job performances
You are not as good as you used to, and you are not being that good over an extended period of time.
But what to do IF you are burnout?
Cultivate a rich non-working life: whatever the reasons, your job is not providing you with the satisfaction and self-fulfilment you are seeking. This may be the chance to rebuild yourself around new goals, less related to work and more related to life.
Make sure you’re sleeping enough: sleep deprivation in a stressful situation is bound to increase the negative perceptions you have on reality.
Above all, make sure you know when enough is enough. And then, change: the only thing you have to blame yourself for is deciding not to protect yourself.