Are you plagued by insomnia worried about the work day ahead? Do you struggle with negative self-talk and self-deprecating thoughts as a result of feeling overwhelmed by the stress of your job? Do you overindulge in sweet treats the night before to help you cope with your emotions and the dread of getting to the office in the morning?
When you’re suffering from burnout, every little thing has the power to get under your skin – even those days when you’re so bored sitting at your desk you would rather be having a root canal. Eventually though, these reactions become more serious, dramatic and harmful to your wellbeing.
Feeling cynical about your work is a slippery slope – the irritability, discomfort, dissatisfaction, anxiety, frustration, the long dragging days, lack of motivation and energy inevitably spill over into your personal life, affecting your mood, and relationships for that matter, at every occasion.
To help you find out whether you’re burning out fast at work, let’s take a look at some tell tale signs so that you can prevent things from getting worse.
How to tell if you’re burnt out at work
1. You have no control over your workload
Many people feel constantly stressed out at work because they lack the resources to get the job done. When you have no control over your workload, your schedule, assignments and all responsibilities fall short, consequently making you feel like a failure day in and day out.
2. Your schedule is never consistent and is all over the place
Some days you're probably so busy that you barely get the chance to use the bathroom, while during others, one hour can feel like eternity. These jumps from one extreme to the other on a daily basis can really throw you off and make you feel unsettled, uncomfortable and unproductive. Developing a healthy work rhythm that is stimulating is an important habit to cultivate in order to keep you from feeling burnt out all the time.
3. Your job includes responsibilities you never signed on for
Most people who suffer from burnout find that they struggle because they were taking on responsibilities that have nothing to do with their job description. In today’s world, many people are susceptible to burnout at a faster rate thanks to the growth in ‘multitasking’ small companies and start ups. In fact, it’s become somewhat normal, and sometimes crucial, for some employers to expect a member of their team to take on entirely different duties than what they were hired for in the first place – so as to show that they are high-performing ‘go-getters’. This is only confusing and ambiguous, pushing you to burnout, dissatisfaction and frustration fast.
4. Your performance is suffering
Step back and look at the bigger picture – how is your performance now compared to how it was when you first started? If there’s been a gradual decline over time, this could be a sign of work burnout, whereas a more sudden decline might suggest a temporary rough patch.
5. You feel alienated by your colleagues
Not having a friend or work buddy can make you feel really isolated in an office environment. This loneliness only reinforces those stressful and anxious feelings even more, and can even make those days when you’re practically watching paint dry feel like the last straw.
6. You have mismatched values
Faking passion and enthusiasm for your job can only last so long before it becomes intolerable. You have to make sure that you believe in the work that you’re doing in order to provide yourself with a healthy work environment where you feel like you can thrive and grow both personally and professionally.
7. You’re failing at work/life balance
Do you lack a life outside of work? No hobbies, interests, or social opportunities? This surely will put undo focus on work and lead to burnout, and of course not allow any outlets and friends to vent to about work.
If you’re worried that you may be teetering on the edge, watch out for these signs to help you prevent burnout at work and finally lead a more consistent, healthier lifestyle.