How do you know if you, a loved one, or someone who reports to you is suffering from burnout?
Consider these 13 early warning signs. If you are experiencing these or other related symptoms seek professional care today. Contact Midnight Hour Ministries (717) 626-0492 for further discussion of burn-out-issues and pastoral care or e-mail
- Chronic fatigue - exhaustion, tiredness, a sense of being physically run down
- Anger at those making demands
- Self-criticism for putting up with the demands
- Cynicism, negativity, and irritability
- A sense of being besieged
- Exploding easily at seemingly inconsequential things
- Frequent headaches and gastrointestinal disturbances
- Weight loss or gain
- Sleeplessness and depression
- Shortness of breath
- Feelings of helplessness
- Increased degree of risk taking
Your Best Defense against burnout is to connect and associate with other people.
- Nurture your closest relationships, such as those with your partner, children or friends. These relationships can help restore energy and alleviate some of the psychological effects of burnout, such as feelings of being underappreciated. Try to put aside what’s burning you out and make the time you spend with loved ones positive and enjoyable.
- Connect with a cause or a community group that is personally meaningful to you. Joining a healthy religious, social, or support group can give you a place to talk to like-minded people about how to deal with daily stress — and to make new friends. If your line of work has a professional association, you can attend meetings and interact with others coping with the same workplace demands.
- Practice healthy communication. Express your feelings to others who will listen, understand, and not judge. Burnout involves feelings that fester and grow, so be sure to let your emotions out in healthy, productive ways.