Burnout Warning Signs
A person who is burned out feels completely empty, emotionally disconnected and devoid of motivation. If burnout remains untreated, it may develop into a state where the smallest of tasks feels overwhelming, every sound seems excruciating and even the thought of work is unbearable. People experiencing burnout often don’t see any hope of positive change in their situation. Burnout can come suddenly, as if “hitting a wall”, but it can also build up and go unnoticed until all symptoms are fully developed. Here are four categories of symptoms that serve as warning signs for burnout:
A) STRESS RELATED PHYSICAL SICKNESS
#1 – Digestive disorders
#2 – Backaches
#3 – Skin problems
#4 – Headaches
#5 – Persistent viral infections
B) EMOTIONAL DISCONNECT
#1 – Even though you once loved your job, you are starting to hate it and often dream of quitting.
#2 – You are beginning to despise people you used to feel compassion for.
#3 – Caring about your spouse or your children often feels like a waste of time and energy. You are progressively becoming more and more withdrawn from family and friends.
#4 – You cannot remember the last time you had a positive emotion. Having fun is not part of your weekly routine. Joy is something you no longer experience.
C) CONSTANT WORRY
#1 – You can not stop thinking about the next thing you have to do. You are constantly worried about something or someone you are/feel responsible for.
#2 – You are consumed with what others think or say about you.
#3 – Insomnia: You stay up late and loose sleep because of your constant worrying.
D) LOSS OF INTEREST IN LIFE
#1 – Loss of appetite. You are uninterested in food and begin to loose weight.
#2 – Loss of sexual interest in your spouse.
#3 – Loss of laughter. You seem numb to humor. Jokes that were guaranteed to crack you up barely cause a smile.
#4 – Abnormal bouts of depression, anxiety and/or panic attacks.
#5 – Complete hopelessness. You are beginning to despair life.
#6 – Suicidal thoughts. The pressure of life causes you to fantasize of death as a way out.
If you are experiencing several of the above symptoms, read the burnout prevention article in the Saalem Pastors Blog.