Burning Out? 10 Red Flags to Watch Out For

Are You Burning Out?

Recognize the Red Flags of Burnout Before It’s Too Late

Recognizing that each individual experiences burnout uniquely, I’ve compiled a list of symptoms from women I’ve worked with and my own journey to help you identify and address burnout effectively.

  • Chronic fatigue: Feeling tired or exhausted most of the time, even after rest or sleep.
  • Decreased motivation: Finding it difficult to feel excited or motivated about work or other activities you used to enjoy.
  • Increased irritability: Becoming easily frustrated, short-tempered, or irritable, even in situations that wouldn’t normally bother you.
  • Difficulty concentrating: Struggling to focus, make decisions, or remember things, leading to decreased productivity.
  • Physical symptoms: Experiencing headaches, muscle tension, stomach problems, or other physical ailments without a clear medical cause.
  • Emotional detachment: Feeling emotionally numb, detached, or disconnected from others, including friends, family, or colleagues.
  • Insomnia or disturbed sleep: Having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up feeling rested, despite adequate time in bed.
  • Loss of satisfaction: Feeling a sense of dread, disillusionment, or cynicism about your work or life in general, and questioning its purpose or value.
  • Increased absenteeism: Taking more sick days or time off work than usual, or finding excuses to avoid responsibilities.
  • Neglecting personal needs: Ignoring self-care activities such as exercise, hobbies, or spending time with loved ones, in favor of work or other obligations.
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