Are you suffering from mid-year burnout?

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Take a look at the symptoms of burnout to see whether you need to reassess your life

  1. Chronic fatigue. You feel physically and emotionally exhausted, drained, and depleted.

  2. Insomnia. You may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep one or two nights a week. In the later stages as exhausted as you are, you can't sleep.
  3. Forgetfulness/impaired concentration and attention. Lack of focus and forgetfulness are early signs.
  4. Physical symptoms. Think chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal pain, dizziness, fainting, and/or headaches (all of which should be medically assessed).
  5. Increased illness. Because your body is depleted, your immune system becomes weakened, making you more vulnerable to infections.
  6. Loss of appetite. You may not feel hungry and may lose your appetite completely.
  7. Anxiety. Anxiety may become so serious that it interferes in your ability to work productively and may cause problems in your personal life.
  8. Depression. From mild to deep depression a low constant mood is definitely a sign of burnout.
  9. Anger. At first, this may present as interpersonal tension and irritability. In the later stages, this may turn into angry outbursts and serious arguments.

Tips to help beat burnout

  1. Identify what’s stressing you.  Start by taking a look at your current schedule, is it work, family life or something else that is really putting a strain on you right now?  If you’re not sure, keep a close eye on your schedule for a few days and note how you feel when you do certain things.
  2. Reduce those stressors.  Cut back on your workload, delegate tasks at home or take a vacation if you can, but act decisively because burnout is hard recover from so nipping it in the bud is a must.
  3. Get some support.  Call on your support network of colleagues and/or friends to help lighten your load for a while as you recover.  You can even get professional help to give you the support and advice you need to better manage your work and home life.
  4. Practice self-care.  That means eating well, getting enough sleep, getting some exercise and cultivating a healthy work-life balance.  Now is the time to put your needs first and take care of yourself.
  5. Get creative.  Taking up a creative hobby is not only good for your mental health, it helps you to relax, stay focused, enhance your mood and even boost your immune system.