Headed for a Crash? 7 Signs of Burnout

[Audio] 7 Signs Burnout is Ahead

For over twenty years, I have worked with thousands of professionals, leaders and executives helping them move beyond burnout.

Sadly, many end up on the road to burnout because they ignored the signs. Here are 7 signs you are closer to burnout than you think and what to do at each stage.

 

#1: You work longer hours and put off important work.

When you work longer hours, and then cope by procrastinating, you are  fighting against yourself. Working longer is not how you build capacity, it is a very short term measure.

Take Action:

Establish your 3 most important goals. Make them realistic. Break them down into incremental milestones. The worksheet below will be helpful as you breakdown your goals.

GPS Goals Worksheet

#2 - You feel numb and indifferent about people.

Are you cynical? Irritated by everyone? Careless with quality or doing the job well? Definitely a sign you have reached your capacity and need to take action. The problem here may be that many people, in your work space, feel the same way. Being in this echo chamber, doesn't mean you should stay there. Protect your attitude.

Take Action:

Practice Gratitude breathing several times throughout the day. This will help you reset that negative mindset typical when the stress reaction takes over. Listen to the 3 minute audio taking you through this simple and powerful technique.

#3 - You wonder if you have what it takes.

Having a confidence crisis may be an early sign that sets in motion other unhealthy behaviors like working longer and harder.

Take Action:

Keep a Success Log. This can be in a notebook or an app. Write down all your successes over the past year, no matter how small. Keep a running list. And when you feel crunched or small because of the challenges, go back and read through your successes. Remember how you felt having achieved that - shift out of the negative mindset.

For more on confidence, check out the Confidence Toolkit.

#4 - You think more about what could go wrong than what can go right.

Chronic stress sets up the tendency to focus on problems and what is going wrong. As the pressure increases you may be focused on what isn't working losing your perspective.

Take Action:

Listen to the audio below called Clear Your Mind. Use this daily for 2 weeks. It will help you let go of the internal clutter and noise from increased pressure.

#5 - You isolate and spend less time with people.

When you work longer hours, and then cope by procrastinating, you are  fighting against yourself. Working longer is not how you build capacity, it is a very short term measure.

Take Action:

Identify the people who energize you and bring out the best in you. Arrange to spend quality time with this person. Let them know how you are feeling. Get their perspective on a course of action.

 

#6 - You are angry or more irritated than usual.

Shutting down your emotional body "to deal with the increased workload or pressure," is a survival instinct to help you get through the challenge. The problem is, this becomes the new normal and your emotional body essentially contracts. Anger is a sign from your personal dashboard, that things are out of balance and you need boundaries.

Take Action:

Listen to the audio below, Reduce Your Anger.  Learn to let go of this internal pressure. Using this audio daily for a few weeks helps to reprogram your subconscious mind - the part of you that is responsible for change

 

#7 - Your mind races and you cannot turn it off.

The fight or flight reaction is a survival instinct; it is designed to be temporary. Racing thoughts is a sign you have lost touch with your off switch and are DESPERATE to find a way out of your situation.  You have lost perspective.

Using the audios in this post will help to slow your mind and focus.

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