If you’re struggling to cope with the demands of work, you may be putting yourself at a high risk of burnout. This can lead to feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job or feeling negative towards one’s career and reduced professional productivity.
The World Health Organisation defines burnout as a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. In simpler terms, if you’re feeling exhausted all the time, dread the thought of working and struggling to cope with the demands of work and home life, it’s likely you’re suffering from burnout. There can be many causes of burnout such as demanding workloads, unfair treatment at work and lack of support from management which can eventually affect your health, happiness, relationships and career.
When we start a new task or job role, this is often known as the honeymoon phase, where we often feel high levels of job satisfaction, commitment and creativity with a tendency to thrive from the stress. This is followed by longer working hours to achieve targets and a struggle to cope with heavier workloads due to extreme levels of stress on a frequent basis, which eventually leads to burnout. It’s important to learn to recognise the signs when you start feeling burnt out and create good coping strategies to stay in the honeymoon phase before it affects you mentally, physically and emotionally in the long term.
Symptoms of burnout
If you constantly feel tired no matter how much sleep you’re getting, you may be emotionally fatigued. You might also have interrupted sleep from anxiety or not being able to unwind from your thoughts about work.
2. Lack of productivity
When you’re feeling demotivated and unproductive with your optimism for work waning. You might appear withdrawn, feel less confident in your skills and dread going to work.
3. Negative emotions
You may have a pessimistic outlook about work and your personal life along with feelings of frustration and cynicism.
4. Low mood
You may feel down and activities you normally enjoy now feel like a burden. As the struggle to cope intensifies you might start to avoid social interaction and struggle to get out of bed in the mornings.