How to Tell If You’re Burnt Out
There are times when work is stressful, and then there are times where it’s something much, much more than that.
“Despite the fact that “burnout” has become a bit of a buzzword, it’s still a tough concept to wrap our arms around—where’s the dividing line between normal stress and a larger problem,” writes Kat Boogaard in The Muse.
Burnout is more than just a bad few days at work, says Alice Domar, the director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health.
“Burnout tends to be when you just don’t have any good days, and it goes on for a long period of time,” Domar says.
Here’s how to tell if your work stress is something more:
- You aren’t excited about work. Do the projects that used to excite you lack that interest now? Do you find yourself indifferent about work?
- You’ve stopped making an effort. Are you apathetic about your tasks? Do you do the bare minimum?
- You’re not performing as well. Are you making more mistakes or small errors? Are you missing deadlines?
- You’re exhausted. Do you feel drained? Is it difficult for you to get out of bed in the morning?
So, what can you do? While an easy answer is to take some time off, Doman explains that it might not be enough.
“Instead of merely pressing pause and removing yourself from your situation for the time being, you need to do something to actively change it,” Boogaard explains. This includes changing your attitude and changing your workload.
Take stock of when pressure is driving you to negative thoughts and habits, explains Domar. Removing these pressures can help you relax at work.
And then have a conversation with your supervisor about your volume of work. Decreasing your workload can free up time for you, which will help you change your attitude, Boogaard writes.