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Burnout: 8 Signs You Need To Take Some Time Out

Burnout: 8 Signs You Need To Take Some Time Out

Burnout: 8 Signs You Need To Take Some Time Out
In a world where everything is increasingly busier and our lives can feel like we are on autopilot, we can remember to properly look after ourselves.
 
As a working mum of four, I am guilty of putting myself last on my list of priorities. I have quickly realised after some health concerns that I am no use to anyone, my job or my family if I don’t look after myself, first and foremost.
 
Burnout is real and it can be serious, it can also happen alot easier than you might expect. Burnout can leave people feeling exhausted, low, and unable to cope with normal daily tasks of life.
 
Burnout may come at a time where there are some mental and physical symptoms too. Burnout can be easy to ignore, or to blame on other factors but if left untreated it can cause disruption in how a person manages daily task and daily life. 
 
What Is Burnout? 
 
The term “burnout” is a relatively new term: in short if you are feeling low,not enjoying the things that gave you enjoyment previously and you are constantly exhausted, you are showing signs of burnout.
 
The stress that contributes to burnout can really come from any aspect of your life that is causing you undue stress. Personality traits and thought patterns, such as perfectionism and pessimism, can contribute as well.
 
 
Most people spend the majority of their waking hours working. And if you hate your job, dread going to work, and don't gain any satisfaction out of what you're doing, it can take a serious toll on your life.
 
Signs and Symptoms:
 
Although burnout may not be as obvious as other mental or physical health problems, it can cause a ripple effect and quickly become more serious.
 
Here are some of the most common signs of burnout:
 
Burnout shares some similar symptoms of mental health conditions, such as depression. Individuals with depression experience negative feelings and thoughts about all aspects of life, not just at work. 
 
It can all develop very quickly so its important for you to recognize the warning signs in yourself and others.
 
1. Every bump in the road is a crisi- When even the smallest of tasks at work or at home feel impossible it may be a sign you’re heading towards a burnout.
 
2. Lack of Motivation. Burnout mainly affects everyday tasks at work, or at home if youre a stay at home parent/carer. Individuals with burnout feel negative about tasks. You may have difficulty concentrating and often lack motivation to do everyday tasks you usually enjoy.
 
3. Chronic exhaustion. Exhaustion is one of the three red flags of burnout. The exhaustion associated with burnout is so much more than just feeling [[[InContentBanner]]red here and there. It’s a chronic state of feeling overwhelmed and maxed out constantly.
 
4. Getting sick more frequently. When you are facing a burnout you are usually surviving on adrenaline. But, the stress and adrenaline can only keep you going for a while, but once that high wears off, your body crashes. The result is that your immune system breaks down and that makes you more susceptible to getting sick. “Sick” could be anything from colds and flu to severe headaches, stomach aches, and heart palpitations.
 
 
5. Not recharging or relaxing. Recovery is an important component of the burnout prevention process, yet taking a break has been stigmatized almost in the era we are in. Take a break, practice some self-care and make yourself a priority.
 
6. Feeling inefficient. Inefficacy is feeling like you can’t produce results in your life. When you lose efficacy, your confidence plummets, you feel less effective at work and your self-worth may also be impacted.
 
7. Cynicism. Your excitment for life and for fun has faded and everything and everyone rubs you the wrong way. You are showing a red flag of burnout if you were into a lot of hobbies and meeting people where now you do the bare minimum.
 
8. Can’t let go of perfection. Research shows that perfectionistic tendencies are associated with a higher risk of burnout because perfectionist behaviour patterns drain your energy.
 
Whether its work or family life that is all getting a little too much try to take a step out. As the old saying goes “you can't pour from an empty cup”.
 
The most important person in your life is you and a small amount of thought and self-care can really go a long way and prevent you from running yourself into the ground. Where you are no use to anyone.
 
Make one commitment each week that’s just for you. Let it be a coffee with a friend, a walk in the fresh air or even a trip to the library. Prioritise yourself at least once this week, and be kind with yourself.
 
Laura Doyle, Mum of 4. Kyle 9, Noa Belle 4, Briar 2 and Milla 12 months. Breastfeeder, co-sleeper, coffee drinker. Staying positive and inspired by the chaos of it all. Follow her on Instagram.