k3163844A friend of mine is experiencing some extreme fatigue and possibly burnout, and it’s caused me to think about times in my life that I’ve experienced this level of complete exhaustion.

Have you ever experienced this?

Jessica Stillman shares  some symptoms that may be pointing to the fact that you are on the verge of burnout:

#1)  Inability to Concentrate

David Ballard of the American Psychological Association explains that the human brain is only designed to handle short bursts of stress.  “When stress becomes chronic, this narrow focus continues for a long time and we have difficulty paying attention to other things.”

#2)  Guilt

You’re constantly working, but can’t seem to get all of your work done and you eventually feel guilty for not completing your work, which leads to working even more.

#3)  Frequent Mood Changes

A report published by the NASW Assurance Services, Inc says that burnout may cause emotional exhaustion and a loss of a sense of personal accomplishment, and therefore lead to depersonalization, alienation, and depression.

#4)  Social Isolation

Burnout leads to depression which can lead us to isolate ourselves from others which leads to yet more depression, and thus begins a vicious cycle.  When people are burnt out, they will start feeling ashamed about their work and will start to isolate themselves from others and decrease the number of social interactions they’re involved in.

There are many other symptoms that you may experience:  You can’t get enough sleep, you get angry quickly, you have no patience, you are bored, you find escape activities, you take out your frustration on those you love, and so on.

Burnout affects each of us in different ways.

The first step to dealing with it is to simply identify that you are experiencing it.  Once you identify it and admit it, you can take some steps to get some help.

Do you identify with any of these?  Have people who work with you told you that you’re acting different and that you don’t seem to be enjoying the work you’re doing?

Some simple things to start:

*Take some time off of work.  Take a vacation, a sabbatical, adjust your schedule, do whatever you need to do!

*See a doctor.  Burnout affects you physically.  

*Find some people close to you to help you, support you, pray for you, walk with you.

*Get some physical activity. Get outside, away from work.

*Take some time away from technology.  Read a book.  Sleep.  Sit on the beach.

You just need to do something!  Don’t put it off any longer.  You can address this!


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