Are you feeling exhausted, unhappy at work, feeling less capable at your job, or having sleepless nights worrying? These could be the first signs of burnout.
Burnout comes from the combination of a stressful job, lifestyle, and the way we feel. If you throw in thought patterns, such as perfectionism or pessimism, this added pressure can result in a tipping point for wellbeing.
The four most common signs of burnout
- Alienation from work-related activities: individuals experiencing burnout may view their jobs as increasingly stressful and frustrating. They may grow cynical about their working conditions and the people they work with. They may also emotionally distance themselves and begin to feel indifferent or numb about their work.
- Physical symptoms: chronic stress may lead to physical symptoms, like headaches or stomach aches or intestinal issues.
- Emotional exhaustion: burnout can cause people to feel drained, unable to cope, and tired. They often lack the energy to get their work done.
- Reduced performance: burnout mainly affects everyday tasks at work – or in the home, for example when someone is also caring for a loved one.
People with burnout don't always have depression, but some of the symptoms are the same. This includes extreme exhaustion, feeling down, and reduced performance, while some of the specific symptoms of depression include low self-esteem and hopelessness. Before self-diagnosing depression, The Charity for Civil Servants would encourage you to speak to your GP.