You walk into work in the morning, and the first thing you do is not read up on the latest overnight news from asian stock markets, but you hold your head in your hands and you come to the realization that every single day has been worse than the day before. It's not that you're having a bad day, or a bad week even, you genuinely don't want to take on any more of this work. Could this mean that you are burnt out?
Credit to Peter Gibbons for the office space reference above. This is how many people feel everyday and it is a sure sign that you should take some time away from work. Burnout is a mental state, and becomes a self fullfilling prophecy. If you consistently think you are overwhelmed with work and your energy is depleted, you will consistently feel that way and your performance will reflect that, which in turn will reinforce your thoughts about being being burnt out.
Here are few questions to ask yourself to find out if you're burned out:
- Are you bored at work?
- Are you often irrirtable?
- Do you feel under appreciated?
- Do you have headaches or migraines often?
If you answered yes to any of the above, either you are a middle aged woman or you're burned out.
I'm not trying to knock people who say they are burned out, I just don't think it's as a big of a deal as most people make it seem. If you answered yes to any of the above, then maybe consider looking for a new job or take some time off. If you don't like you're current situation, there is always something you can do. Nothing is as a big of a deal as it seems, so stop crying