Burnout symptoms don't always seem to follow a nice clean order. They seem to turn up in a more or less random fashion.
- You're not happy with your job.
- You don't feel your best.
- You have a period of less than your best work.
- You are feeling discouraged.
- You would rather not be in the daily conversations or other settings you are used to.
- Maybe you want to get away from your current situation.
- You situation feels less and less under your control.
While every person is different, there still are a lot of common characteristics to burnout.
As you use these tools and assessments, don't assume that because you display a couple of the described traits, that you have burnout. Burnout will probably be more indicated by a cluster of characteristics over a period of time. Signs of burnout and responses vary by person.
If you are experiencing physical symptoms that you think might be related to burnout, it may be a good idea to check with a medical professional. That way you will rule out something physical that should be paid attention to.
Read the following pages, especially Signs of Burnout, What Causes Burnout and Symptoms of Burnout. Then contact Gary. We are able to be of assistance. An investment in your personal and professional well-being now will create the conditions for years of satisfying contribution.
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Definition of Burnout
Here are the commonly understood definitions and explanations of burnout.
Four Signs of Burnout
There are four well documented things that stress can seriously affect. Taken together, they present a wake-up call to us. They are burnout symptoms. Read about them here.
What Causes Burnout? Two of the Very Earliest Warning Signals
You remember the story of the frog in the kettle? Raise the temperature slowly and the frog won't notice he is being cooked. Here are two simple warning signs you need to be much more effective in noticing - and then acting on.
Symptoms of Burnout
Here is how the body responds to stress. Taken with other factors, these may be the early 'symptoms' that tell you it's time to change or address something. Your body is often your first responder when things are going wrong.
The Difference Between Stress and Burnout
Job related stress and burnout are not the same. Here is a short explanation of the difference between the two.
Sources of Stress
Here are some of the possible sources of stress. This list was put together by BioHealth Diagnostics in California. These may not be burnout symptoms but they can be underlying contributors.
Symptoms of Depression
Here is one diagnostic tool that health care professionals use in the diagnosis of clinical depression. It is offered here for your review so that you can initially gauge whether or not you may be dealing with depression rather than burnout.
Share Your Experience with Burnout.
We'd like to hear your experiences dealing with burnout. Your insights may be helpful to someone else. What happened (briefly)? What do you feel were the contributing factors? How did you deal with burnout? What tips would you give to help others with avoiding burnout?
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