Burnout Causes & Symptoms


Work-related causes

Feeling like you have little or no control over your work
Lack of recognition or reward for good work
Unclear or overly demanding job expectations
Doing work that’s monotonous or un-challenging
Working in a chaotic or high-pressure environment

Lifestyle causes

Working too much, without enough time for socializing or relaxing
Lack of close, supportive relationships
Taking on too many responsibilities, without enough help from others
Not getting enough sleep

Personality traits

Perfectionistic tendencies; nothing is ever good enough
Pessimistic view of yourself and the world
The need to be in control; reluctance to delegate to others
High-achieving, Type A personality

Signs & Symptoms

Burnout is a gradual process that occurs over an extended period of time. The signs and symptoms of burnout are subtle at first, but they get worse and worse as time goes on.
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.

Physical symptoms

Feeling tired and drained most of the time
Lowered immunity, feeling sick a lot
Frequent headaches, back pain, muscle aches
Change in appetite or sleep habits

Emotional signs

Sense of failure and self-doubt
Feeling helpless, trapped and defeated
Detachment, feeling alone in the World
Loss of motivation
Increasingly cynical and negative outlook
Decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment

Behavioural signs

Withdrawing from responsibilities
Isolating yourself from others
Procrastinating, taking longer to get things done
Using food, drugs or alcohol to cope
Taking out your frustrations on others
Skipping work or coming in late and leaving early

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