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9 Signs You Are Approaching Professional Burnout

Updated on April 4, 2015

While everybody needs a vacation, you might not realize just how much a few weeks off could help you improve your home life and productivity at work. If you have been burning the candle at both ends for years, you may be well on your way to professional burnout. If you're not careful, you could end up disconnected from your friends and family, divorced, or unemployed.

Before you consider putting in a few extra hours at the office because you feel like you're getting behind, take a look at the following 9 warning signs of professional burnout.

1) You're completely exhausted. If you feel completely exhausted all day, every day for weeks on end, you could be approaching professional burnout. Known as adrenal fatigue, exhaustion caused by long-term stress can weaken the body's immune system, making you more susceptible to disease and infection. A simple saliva test can determine if you have adrenal fatigue. Contact your doctor to schedule an appointment.

2) You're forgetting things. While age can affect cognitive function, prolonged stress can have a profound impact on memory. If you are increasingly having difficulty remembering appointments or where you left your car keys, consider whether stress is the culprit.

3) You're not looking forward to anything. Everyone goes through difficult times but if your current mental state has left you not looking forward to anything, you may be suffering from depression. While there are no simple solutions, speaking with a counselor can provide you with the help you need to move past depression and take control of your life.

4) You're not taking care of yourself. If your professional schedule has left you with little time to take care of yourself, you may be putting yourself at risk of burnout. Taking time off to exercise, eat right, and get enough sleep is key in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Don't let the pressure of deadlines rob you of your ability to bounce back from minor setbacks.

5) You feel isolated. Feeling like you are all alone with your problems can be a significant sign of burnout. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your responsibilities and feel like there is no one who can help you succeed, you may be exposing yourself to too much stress. Success rarely comes without the help of others. If you are feeling isolated, reach out to your friends and family for support.

6) You're not productive. If you find yourself spending more and more time at work but end up falling farther and farther behind, you may be approaching burnout. Just because you are physically at work doesn't mean you are being productive. If you feel like you're not making any progress, take the opportunity to get up and go for a walk, talk to your family, or clear your mind with meditation. You may find that spending more time at home with your family and friends will make you more efficient at work.

7) You constantly stress about work. While it's natural to think about work, constantly rehashing work conversations or stressing about deadlines will lead to burnout. If you are focused at work, you should be able to relax when you are at home. There's no use spending time worrying about things you can't change while you're sitting at home with your family.

8) You're having problems at home. Spending most of your time at work and arguing about work when you come home is a sure sign you are headed for a fall. If you are continually losing your temper when you get home from work, dig a little deeper to determine if the cause is your job. Your home should be a sanctuary, not a war zone.

9) You're sleeping a lot. Some people escape stress through sleep. If you find yourself going to bed early, waking up late, and never feeling refreshed, you may be getting burned out. Before you sleep your life away, take a long bike ride or go to the gym. Physical activity can relieve stress in a way that keeps your mind and body healthy.

Getting burned out at work is a common problem for conscientious workers. If you feel like you are getting overwhelmed by your responsibilities, it may be wise to dial back on your commitments. The most successful people in the world aren't the ones who take on more than they can handle, they are the ones who handle what they take on. Don't be afraid to get professional help if you are having difficulty dealing with stress. You'll be glad you did and wonder why you waited so long.


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    • SolveMyMaze profile image


      3 years ago

      This is one of the best Hubs I've read on here for a while. Whether we like to admit it or not, we're all susceptible to stress in our jobs and the points you've mentioned here are key things to look out for when dealing with work place stress.

      I'd say if you've only got one of these in isolation, such as a lack of sleep then there could be other things contributing to it, but if you're getting a few of these points, such as the lack of sleep and also feeling isolated then it sounds like it's the case you would be heading towards a professional burnout.


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