The Warning Signs of Burnout

We hear the word a lot, "burnout." But what exactly does burnout mean, and how do we know if we are, well, burnt out?

Burnout and depression are often confused for one another. Where depression is a chemical imbalance which can be linked to any number of life factors, burnout is pretty much a symptom of chronic work stress.

Burnout tends to creep up on us slowly — we just need to get through this busy month and everything will be fine. But burnout is very real, and very detrimental. If you're feeling like you're heading in the burnout direction, or are firmly already there, take a look at some of the warning signs below. If two or three of them feel familiar, it's time to do something about it. The best way to combat burnout is to take some time off; if the symptoms below are afflicting you then you definitely need it.

  • A negative feeling that nothing will work out.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • Apathy.
  • Disinterest in social activities.
  • Feeling like you're not doing enough.
  • Difficulty maintaining good healthy habits — like sleep, good meals, and exercise.
  • Feeling inefficient.
  • Exhaustion.
  • Perfectionism that gets in the way of efficiency.
  • Boredom and detachment.
  • Getting sick more frequently.

Take care of yourself. If those symptoms sound familiar, it's time to take a well-deserved break.