You used to love what you do. It’s in the field you feel passionate about. It’s something you know you are good at.
But lately… it just doesn’t feel the same. Work became difficult. You’re dragging your feet every morning. You are feeling anxious, frustrated, and stuck.
You are still working hard, but can no longer perform as well as you used to. You can’t meet the constant demands of your work and life. You just feel lost, and you are not sure who you are anymore. It feels impossible to muster the energy to care, let alone take care of yourself.
You are beyond exhausted… both physically and emotionally.
You may be experiencing burnout.
This must be taken care of properly as it can affect your life's satisfaction, and have negative lasting affect on your work, relationships, and health. Experiencing burnout does not make you a weak person. It is normal for all of us to be affected by constant stress and pressure, however, burnouts generally don't resolve on its own - Don't brush off the red flags as a normal part of life.
Recognize the early warning signs, then take steps to take care of yourself and prevent future burnout. If you feel like you’ve hit the breaking point, there are still ways you can take care of yourself, regain your balance, and start to feel hopeful again.
What is professional burnout?
Professional burnout is caused by a type of work-related stress. It is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that involves a sense of reduced accomplishments, decreased interest and motivation that led you to your work in the first place, and loss of personal identity.
Some of the common causes of work related burnouts are:
Having lack of control at work
Unclear job expectations
Toxic work dynamics/culture
Extreme work effort and hours
Lack of support from colleagues and superiors
If one or more causes creates excessive and prolonged stress at the workplace, you will experience feeling overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. Burnout reduces productivity and saps your energy, and can leave you feeling helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Eventually, you may even feel like you have nothing more to give and that you must quit your job, cut back on hours, or leave your career field entirely.
The negative effects of burnout spill over into every aspect of life— including your career and personal relationships. Burnout can also cause long-term changes to your body that makes you vulnerable to other illnesses. Because of its many consequences, it’s important to deal with burnout right away.