Burnout – Are you running on empty?
If constant stress has you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and unmotivated, you may be suffering from burnout. Burnout is a terms that has become popular in recent years, and is used to describe a state of emotional, physical, and psychological exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. Burnout can cause changes to your body that leave you more susceptible to colds and flu. And extreme burnout can look a lot like depression. Burnout is usually caused by work-related stress, but personality factors (e.g., perfectionism) and lifestyle factors (e.g., caring for young kids, taking on too many responsibilities, poor sleep & diet) can also play a role. Burnout seems to be on a continuum between stress and more serious psychological issues, so it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms and take preventative measures to avoid total burnout. Below is an article to help you understand the tell-tale-signs.