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Warning Signs of Burnout

“When a person’s self-worth is tied to his or her work performance, he or she is more likely to suffer from job-related stress. Indeed, certain personality types are more prone to job stress. That’s the case for type A personalities who tend to be impatient, inflexible, worrying, self-blaming, and excessively goal- or achievement-oriented.

When job stress is compounded by loneliness, financial burdens, marital or relational problems, alcoholism and illness, burnout looms. Here are a few warning signs of burnout that you should lookout for :

  • Setting your alarm too early so that you can use the snooze button. The signs of job burnout can start first thing in the morning. For example, if you’re so tired that you hit snooze over and over and then feel frantic and late when you wake up.
  • Being depleted after work. Consistently lacking the energy after work to do regular things like cook, go to the gym, or spend time with your family is not a good sign.
  • Inconsistent sleep patterns. Often, people who are over stressed at work will lose sleep over something they did (or didn’t do) at work.
  • Feeling liberated after a Friday at work. You know you’re really stressed when you truly feel like you’ve been freed when the weekend rolls around.
  • Explaining your job with “fine”. An obvious sign of burnout comes when family and friends ask you about your job, and whether it’s new or you’ve been there for a while, you simply respond with one-word responses like “fine”.
  • Constantly being asked about your feelings. Do your coworkers often approach you because they’re worried that you’re struggling or down on yourself? This is a signal that others are picking up on your misery.
  • Not spending time with coworkers. Burnt out employees tend to shy away from company wide lunch events or happy hours because they’ve lost interest in building their network.
  • Living like a vampire. Arriving before dawn and leaving well into the evening is stressful on its own. Being forced to work these hours can make the problem worse.
  • Dreading every Monday. Similar to only looking forward to Friday night, absolutely dreading Mondays can signal that you’re burning out.
  • Fantasising about quitting. Moving to a new job for a higher salary or better hours is one thing, but fantasying about simply quitting is on the other end of the spectrum.
  • Not wanting to explain your job to people. What do you do for a living? is a common question at parties, but it likely becomes annoying to someone who is sick of their job.
  • Disregarding how you treat coworkers or customers. If you’re planning to quit to you’re just sick of dealing with the same people every day, it may be reflected by how you treat your coworkers.
  • Forgetting your last accomplishment at work. Not remembering the last time you felt satisfied or accomplished at work can signify the development of job burnout.
  • Constantly feeling overwhelmed. Stress at work is inevitable, but every moment shouldn’t be stressful. There are simple methods that can help.
  • Rarely feeling like you’re progressing. A lack of progress or felling like you’re stuck is likely a sign that it’s time for a new job or at least a vacation.
  • Being Cynical. Once you lose interest in the company and stop caring about helping it, you can become a liability.
  • Frequently losing your temper. Stress can lead to temper tantrums and you may seek relief in exploding on those around you.
  • Over complaining to your partner. There’s no doubting that venting can help, but your problems at work shouldn’t consistently become the problems of your significant other or your close friends.
  • Dreading a new job search. Even is you know it’s time for a new job, if you’re over stressed there’s a chance you won’t even take the time to look.
  • Noticing coworkers are hesitant around you. If you notice that your coworkers are walking on eggshells around you, that’s a clear sign that you’re becoming difficult to work with.

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  1. Stress is the number one cause, trigger and killer of people from within people.

    Why do many have their Cancer cells activate despite not smoking and what not?


    Stress = Two see the need to rest regularly.

    When the body feels that it’s under too much strain?

    It triggers a suicide protocol even if the person has no suicidal thoughts and intentions.

    They may blind themselves to their body screaming for desperate space and rest but the body acts like the mind none the less and snaps.

    Triggering many health issues which ultimately lead to death as a way to escape it’s hardships when other options are not available due to things like ignorance and debt etc…

    I’ve experienced healthy people get heart attacks overnight after being happy go lucky just the day before.

    One day they are working with you, the next day they are dead despite being close to the same age.

    Stress is the ultimate gateway trigger to Hell.

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    • In addition to an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, memory loss, weight gain, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, quicker aging and personality changes, long-term stress may also induce or exacerbate depression and anxiety-related disorders, as well as digestive and sleep problems.

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      • Exactly all that stuff caused by one little thing called stress which is created in so many ways, just sitting next to certain people can produce stress.

        Hence the whole imagery of people lining up for work and school while it being a stress based slaughter house.

        Some make it through better than others, that’s all.

        Hence why if we desire more people to end up healthy, happy and fit?

        We need to consider so many alternate options than those society limits us with today.

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    • Burnout is a cunning thief. It feeds on your passion, your energy, and your enthusiasm, taking these positive qualities and turning them into exhaustion, frustration, and self-doubt. It’s way more than just having a bad day, or being tired and worn out. As an article in New York magazine described it, burnout is “a problem that’s both physical and existential, an untidy agglomeration of external symptoms and private frustrations”.

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    • At the personal level, choose positive social connections to make a speedy recovery. If you are experiencing a burnout, reach out to friends or loved ones who can provide you with great listening. Venting out, being heard and understood not only relieves stress but also deepens the relationship. A professional counsellor too works in a similar way and can be immensely helpful. At the workplace, avoid negative people and invest in positive relationships. Choose a social cause or a group that interests you to give new meaning to work and build additional social connections. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

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    • Stress, and more chronic exhaustion such as burnout, is commonplace within the modern workplace. Presenteeist cultures, which see employees working longer hours, have been linked to higher rates of burnout. This is the opposite of absenteeism. Glad you liked it.

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      • Yes Roberta, what you are saying is absolutely correct. Well, studies from the American Psychological Association show that “workplace telepressure,” or the urge to respond quickly to work-related messages, leads to higher levels of stress, worse sleep, and more health-related absences from work.


    • God point Abhishek. Even while you’re doing all the things at once, there is still work to do in the end. Under these circumstances, it’s easy to lose energy, start feeling exhausted, and even to burn out.
      At the same time, dealing with too many tasks at once often leads to the loss of focus. It’s so easy to switch between activities and forget what you were doing before that. Here comes your other enemy: procrastination. While it seems that procrastination and burnout are two different problems, they are, in fact, often two sides of the same coin. Despite the widespread belief, procrastination is not laziness, but doing unproductive work just to fill the time.

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