Does a mental burnout happen to you or happens so subtly that you can easily confuse the symptoms for other negative forces, like a bad cold or a bad boss. You’d think you’d know—or at least feel—the signs of burnout pretty quickly, right? Not always.
Here are some red flags that you’re under serious mental stress—and how to fix them.
- You Want to Run Away
Do you crave throwing it all away and booking a one-way ticket to Bali? Fantasizing about going off the grid for good and relocating to a cabin in rural India? This temptation could just be a symptom of “worn-out burnout. Avoidance is another coping mechanism where you try to distance yourself from your job or avoid it because you’re putting in too much effort to begin with in the misguided hope that it will accelerate your success.
- You’re Messing Up Normally Easy Tasks
Making all kinds of slip-ups lately? From forgetting your anniversary to spacing out on that breakfast meeting, a sudden lack of attention span is a warning sign of burnout. When you have a difficult time remembering things or keeping your mind on daily tasks, say Dutch researchers, it’s probably time to dial back on stress to feel less distracted
3. You’re Always Tired
Do you prefer to sleep away a gorgeous, sunny Saturday morning? That persistent sluggishness can be a classic cue, especially if you find that one day of “sleeping in” doesn’t eliminate lethargy. Physical & emotional is a tell tale sign that you’re suffering from work dysfunction.
4. You’re Always Disgruntled
At your wit’s end at work? Walking around claiming your bosses are bullies and your colleagues are catty? Sure, your characterizations of a gone-sour workplace can be true. But these sentiments may also be a symptom of total burnout. To cope, you just may start blaming your work culture (for no good reason) for your self-imposed frantic pace “to get to the top.”