Unfortunately, many people suffer from stress and depression because of their career. Career burnout is a result of one or both of these illnesses due to stress at work. Suffering from burnout can mean different things to different people, across all levels of experience within the workplace. It is crucial for you to look after yourself above all else. This is why we want to help you to recognise the signs of burnout, and act against them as soon as you can. 

Here are seven signs of burnout, and advice on how to combat them.

1. Feeling tired, all the time

You may suffer from exhaustion due to insomnia, or you may sleep well at home then feel exhausted during the day. Both are signs that you are suffering from burnout. 

Pushing yourself to the limit when you’re tired won’t help your health. Tiredness can cause other workplace problems such as simple mistakes, lack of concentration, and mood swings. If you are suffering from insomnia, get in touch with your local GP and let your superiors know you are struggling. If you need to, take some time off of work to catch up on sleep, and relax. 

2. Lacking concentration

If you have noticed that you are lacking motivation and struggle to concentrate at work, it could be burnout. Feeling disconnected from your work is a sign that you are stressed, as your mind processes a million thoughts simultaneously meaning you are unable to focus on the task at hand. 

It can be difficult to boost your concentration levels at work and get back into your day-to-day. However, if you take regular breaks and get involved with a project that excites you at work, then you should begin to see your concentration and motivation levels increase. 

3. Overindulging yourself

Giving in to bad habits that you wouldn’t normally indulge in is a sign that you are stressed. Overindulging in food, drink, and even smoking, can mean that you are stressed and your mind is attempting to find respite in activities that allow you time to relax. However, after giving in to this for a while, it will eventually be detrimental to your mental and physical health.

If you swap the extra food for the gym, and the excess alcohol for a couple of social drinks with friends or family, you will find that you are happier at work and in yourself as you don’t gain weight, and you are making an effort to socialise. 

4. No desire to socialise

Cutting yourself off from friends and family is a symptom of anxiety, stress, and depression. It can feel like you are all alone as nobody you know and love is experiencing it with you. Not to mention you won’t feel as though you should ‘burden’ them with your problems. 

Keeping in contact with your friends and family is a way to feel relaxed and happy when you are feeling low about work. Speak openly with those closest to you as they can help you to gain an alternative perspective on any issues that you are facing.  

5. Feeling inadequate in your role

Once you have reached the point of feeling like you can’t do your job anymore, or that you are unsuitable for your role, it is difficult to boost your morale. 

Feeling like you are inadequate in your job is a sign that you are suffering from burnout. Speaking to your boss, friends, and family about your feelings can help you to dispel them. 

6. Having emotional outbursts

If you are having uncharacteristic bursts of anger, privately crying at work, or having unnecessary arguments with your friends and family, then you could be suffering from burnout. Emotional outbursts are a sign that you need to take a break and prioritise your health above all else.

Taking a break from work, such as going on holiday, or using a day to relax at home can help to calm your nerves and get things into perspective. However, if this doesn’t help it is worth contacting your GP to talk through your thoughts and feelings. Be sure to connect with your loved ones throughout periods of stress, as it will make you feel better in your day-to-day life.

7. Physical illness

Stress can do serious damage to our bodies. It is important to look after your health above everything else. If you find that you have been off work due to illnesses such as the flu, headaches, colds, dizziness, and sickness then this could be because of burnout. 

If you are feeling stressed at work and it is beginning to affect your health, be sure to take the time you need to recover. Visit your GP to get a diagnosis and keep your superiors in the loop with regards to your health conditions. 

If you are looking for a new work opportunity that allows you to better manage a positive work-life balance, get in touch with one of our specialist recruitment consultants today who can help you to find your perfect role.

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