Burnout Causes & Symptoms


Think of the early symptoms of burnout as warning signs or red flags that something is wrong that needs to be addressed. If you pay attention to these early warning signs, you can prevent a major breakdown. If you ignore them, you’ll eventually burn out.

Job burnout can result from various factors, including:
  • Lack of control;
  • Unclear job expectations;
  • Dysfunctional workplace dynamics;
  • Extremes of activity;
  • Lack of social support;
  • Work-life imbalance.

Most Common Burnout Symptoms:

  • Exhaustion.
  • Lack of energy.
  • Constant fatigue.
  • Sleep disorders.
  • Reduced performance.
  • Concentration and memory problems.
  • Inability to make decisions.
  • Reduced initiative and imagination.


Burnout is characterized by emotional exhaustion, cynicism and ineffectiveness in the workplace, and by chronic negative responses to stressful workplace conditions. While not considered a mental illness, burnout can be considered a mental health issue.


How do you recover from burnout while still working?

Part of burnout recovery is learning to prioritize work-life balance. After leaving work, focus on relaxing and recharging for the next day. Be firm about your needs. Talk to others involved and let them know what’s happening.


How to recover from Burnout

Please see this NHS Booklet – Burnout and How to Avoid It