Experiencing work burnout isn't uncommon. According to a study, a huge percentage of female workers experience job burnout before they even reach the age of 30. David Ballard of the American Psychological Association states that job burnout is an extended period of time in which someone experiences fatigue or exhaustion, as well as a lack of interest in so many things, all of which leads to a decline in their performance at work.
Experts say that if ignored, burnout can wreak havoc on a person's job performance, relationships, health, and happiness in general. That's why it's important to be aware of burnout right at its onset so you could do something about it.
Psychologists say that the following are the most common signs of burnout:
A sure sign of burnout is feeling fatigued all the time. Take note that exhaustion is not only physical; one can be mentally or emotionally exhausted as well. When you're exhausted, you feel that you don't have energy at all to do other things.
Having No Motivation
It's very likely that you're experiencing burnout if you're not enthusiastic about doing anything or you can't find any reason to feel motivated to do your job. Some other signs include not having the energy to get up in the morning and prepare for work.
You're burnt out when you feel like nothing that you're doing matters anymore. Some clear signs of burnout include the feeling of frustration, disappointment and dissatisfaction. You will also feel that you're always pessimistic about everything in your life. Although it's human to feel a sense of negativity from time to time, it's alarming if you feel it from time to time.
Inability to Focus and Think Clearly
Burnout can make it so difficult for you to focus and concentrate on anything. That's because stress is making you focus only on the negative things around you. Again, stress is normal and everyone experiences it, but when it becomes chronic already, your focus will diminish continuously, and this will make it almost impossible for you to pay attention to other things.
Poor Performance at Work
If you compare your job performance now to your performance years ago, do you find that you're now less efficient and effective in your job? If so, there's a good chance that you're having a burnout.
When you're burnt out, you're also likely to have problems in your relationships with other people, both at work and at home. One of the worst things about burnout is that it causes problems in one's relationship. That's why it's important that you detect it early on, so you could do what needs to be done to overcome it. One of the things you can do is get help from a personal coach .