If you have yet to experience burnout personally, you’ve likely seen it or heard about it. This unfortunate reality can happen to anyone at any time. It often creeps up slowly as pressure builds from everyday life. More than ever we’re seeing the effects of burnout and the prominence of it in our society. Even young children are experiencing it and the surrounding times of 2020 are certainly no help. Luckily there is a multitude of warning signs and preventative steps that can begin to shine a light at the end of an often dark tunnel. What is burnout:Essentially burnout is exhaustion in every form. Mental, physical, and emotional fatigue. It can evolve from consistent stress to meet the demands of personal and professional life. Often scenarios that feel out of control, where there are unclear expectations, lack of support, or extreme activity followed by periods of quiescent. The reality of these experiences can manifest a multitude of warning signs. What You May Notice
- Decreased productivity – this includes difficulties in completing daily tasks, avoidance of getting started, and lack of satisfaction when completed.
- Increased Exhaustion – When coffee just doesn’t work as it used to and every task seems like a burden.
- Feeling Undervalued – Consistently experiencing a lack of support leads to questioning of value within your work.
- Track your productivity – Specifically now as situations are less than ideal the distractions of life are more prominent than ever. It seems we are everywhere at once and yet nowhere at all. The days blend together and the hours pass quickly. Hold yourself accountable as you complete tasks.
- Communicate your concern – It truly is amazing how often a lack of communication can cause a spiral of other issues. Be upfront about the challenges you face. Think of ways you can combat them and ask for the support you desire.