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What are the signs of Burnout?

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

Burnout affects you physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically. The exact definition can be read in our blog post ’What is burnout really? – a holistic view’.

Recognizing the signs of burnout can be hard. As burnout it something that develops over time over weeks or months even. It is nothing that just arises out of the blue. Symptoms can vary from person to person as each person is different, however overall, the following psychological symptoms are frequently present.

  • Reduced performance and productivity

  • Tendency to make mistakes

  • Forgetfulness

  • Anxiety

  • Detachment from others and one's job

  • Low mood

  • Listlessness

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Lack of creativity

  • Lack of energy

  • Fatigue

  • Negative attitudes towards one’s coworkers or job

  • Low commitment to the role

  • Loss of purpose

  • Absenteeism

  • Depressive mood

  • Quickness to anger

  • Cynicism

  • Emotional numbness

  • Frustration

Physical symptoms of burnout can show as:

  • Exhaustion

  • Muscle tension

  • Headaches

  • Gastrointestinal disorders

  • Hypertension

  • Difficulty sleeping or disruptive sleeping cycles

  • Weakened immune system

The MayoClinic provides a little questionnaire on their website that helps identify the risk factor of burnout:

  • “Have you become cynical or critical at work?

  • Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started?

  • Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers or clients?

  • Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive?

  • Do you find it hard to concentrate?

  • Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements?

  • Do you feel disillusioned about your job?

  • Are you using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better or to simply not feel?

  • Have your sleep habits changed?

  • Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, stomach or bowel problems, or other physical complaints?”

Did you answer any of the above with ‘yes’? You might should start with some immediate counter measures and if necessary, speak to your GP.

The MayoClinic (2021) also states what can happen if a burnout proceeds unaddressed leading to the following significant consequences, including:

  • “Excessive stress

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Sadness, anger or irritability

  • Alcohol or substance misuse

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Vulnerability to illnesses”

If unsure, please seek help. Even if the first instance is just talking to us. We are more than happy to assist with referrals or offer you support in dealing with stress overall. Do not go silent, speak up because your health and life quality depends on it.

With love,


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