Burnout is a chronic stress syndrome that develops gradually because of a prolonged stress situation.
There are a lot of people who deal with this syndrome within their 9-5’s. Sometimes your job isn’t something you want to do or even look forward to going to. You start to dread everything about it, from the office to your gossiping coworkers to your always-demanding boss. The only reason you don’t up and quit right now is because bills do not care about your emotions.
I mean hey, money makes the world go ‘round, right?
To be honest, there are a lot of people who wouldn’t work a day in their lives if they didn’t have to worry about bringing home the bacon. However, money isn’t the only thing to worry about when having a job. Your mental health is tremendously important and being happy where you work works towards that.
There’s no reason why you should be thinking about Friday or how much you hate your job on every commute to work. These are some signs that will help you figure out whether you are suffering from job burnout.
Dreading Every Monday
So many people in the world suffer from what we all know as “Monday blues.” It’s the day of the week that signifies the fun is done and it’s time to do the same thing all over again for the 96th week in a row. Absolutely dreading Mondays signals you’re burnt out at your current job and it might be time to change environments.
Monday blues, though, can be felt after a great vacation or turnt weekend so be sure to note the difference.
Small Tasks Feel Exhausting
Have you ever done the tiniest task, like responding back to a couple emails, and afterwards felt so drained that all you want to do is take a nap? Yeah, I’ve been there too. I realized I was burnt out when I had all this energy until it was time to leave for work. It suddenly felt like I was up for two days. I also started procrastinating on things because I just didn’t care anymore.
You can try to fix this by shaking your schedule up a bit – switch up your at-work routine so that your work feels less redundant.
Being Depleted After Work
It is not a good sign if you’re consistently lacking energy after work to do regular things like cook, go to the gym, or spend time with your family. Doing these things after a grueling day at work should help in getting your mind off the workplace. Physical activity is also a great way to give yourself more energy and helps towards being happy mentally.
Inconsistent Sleep Patterns
Sometimes, people are so over-stressed at work that it will cause them to lose sleep. The overbearing stress can leave you feeling overwhelmed that you start to pick up bad habits such as relying on alcohol or sleep aids to cope. If you are relying on them to wind down and tune out constant mental chatter about work at bedtime, you may have crossed that fine line between job stress and burnout.
Your Mind is Always on Work
There’s a difference between remembering you have a group presentation to work on while you’re driving home and scrolling through your work email every second of every day. Work should never consume every aspect of your life to the point it consumes your thoughts. Constantly being worried about something isn’t healthy.
Cynicism is Never Good
Once you lose interest in the company you are working for and stop caring about helping it, you can become a liability. Suddenly, instead of giving your all, you’re doing the bare minimum to get by just so you won’t get fired.
Don’t be scared to ask for a break. Take some of those vacation days for a little trip or time at home to clear your mind and recharge. If it’s a deeper problem that stems from you just not being happy at your current job, it may be time to start looking for something new – while utilizing those vacation and sick days.