You’re working long hours, taking care of your family, and trying to keep up with your friends.
Most of your friends may even call you superhuman. While you may think that your body has no limits, you may be very close to the point in which you are going to experience absolute exhaustion and overall disinterest.
To avoid burnout, here are the four signs to watch out for and how to address them.
1. Severe Lack of Motivation
Burnout makes you think that caring about work or home is a total waste of energy. You feel as if nothing you do can ever make a difference or is appreciated. This general feeling of dissatisfaction makes you overthink everything and leaves you stuck in a state of “paralysis by analysis.” You just don’t know where to get started.
What’s even worse is that you don’t even care because you believe that it doesn’t affect anybody. This is a common sign for people that feel disengaged at work. Only 30% of American employees feel engaged at work. If you’re stuck in a job that is going nowhere, it may eventually get to you. The group that is largest victim of this type of job-related burnout are under-30 millennial women.
If you have severe lack of motivation, you may engage regularly in unhealthy coping strategies, such as binge drinking, smoking, or overeating junk food. Pay attention to these unusual behaviors.
2. Frequent Mood Swings
If you have frequent mood swings that are inexplicable, you may be suffering from burnout. You may experience a constant state of emotional exhaustion because you go back and forth between absolute happiness and extreme depression.
This rollercoaster ride of emotions can lead to depersonalization, alienation, and depression. These three feelings blur your mind and turn even the simplest task into an overwhelming challenge. You have an overall feeling of dissatisfaction and become unpredictable.
3. Physical Exhaustion
On top of your emotional exhaustion due to mood swings, you also feel physically tired all the time. It’s not that you have less energy than usual, you feel completely spent.
The main culprit is that you are not sleeping well. Not getting enough rest and sleep for several days is a surefire way to burn out.
4. Frequent Skin Breakouts, Rashes, and Blemishes
Our bodies are amazing organisms that provide us clear signals that are taking on more than we can handle. You can wear the effects of burnout on your face, skin, and hair.
If you have burnout, you may experience a larger number of skin breakouts, rashes, and blemishes. If left untreated, those ailments may turn for the worse. A study at Yale University showed a correlation between prolonged stressful life events and the diagnosis of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. When compared to people that didn’t have skin cancer, people with melanoma had experienced a more stressful life before the diagnosis.
The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that stress can also increase hair and nail problems. Beyond suffering the direct effects of stress on your body, people with burnout tend to worsen those problems by abusing their skin through scratching, pulling, or rubbing.