You had six to eight hours of sleep, yet you feel like you’re still so tired. You were once the lady who was always bright-eyed and on-the-go; now, you feel like you’re dragging yourself to work every single day.
If you’re feeling these, this might be a sign that you’re burned out. But what is burnout, and how did you catch this bad bug?
Nonprofit mental health and wellness websites define burnouts as “a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.”
“It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest and motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place,” Help Guide added.
We have also rounded up four signs that will tell you if you have reached the point of burnout.
People experiencing burnout feel drained or tired, not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. No matter how long you’ve slept or no matter how little you have done for the day, you feel like you still don’t have the energy for anything.
Demotivated or uninspired
Experts say that one of the symptoms that you’re burning out is that you are lacking or starting to lose motivation or inspiration to do activities or tasks, including everyday tasks and jobs that you were once passionate about.
Unable to concentrate
Although you have meant to finish a specific assignment, you just can’t focus and get a hold of yourself. You feel as if something is bothering you as you are hindering yourself from putting your head in the game. As time passes by, you fail to meet deadlines, and your performance at work starts to slip.
Losing concentration and other cognitive problems might mean you’re burning out.
Feeling less happy or satisfied with life
Once upon a time, you felt lucky for landing your dream job in your dream company. But life happened, and nothing prepared us for its ups and ultra downs. On top of that, you just can’t seem to find a healthy balance between life and work. This and other factors may contribute to the feeling of burning out.
At the end of the day, even if you are living the life you once dreamed of, you still feel as unhappy and dissatisfied.
If you’re feeling these symptoms, hang in there! Know that you are not alone. Burn out is real, and many are experiencing it.
As they say, there is always a rainbow after the rain. Stay tuned and discover ways on how to cope up with burnout.