Well-Being//

7 Signs You’re Suffering From Burnout

And what to do about it.

It’s easy to dismiss exhaustion and irritability as inevitable side effects of having a career, but the truth is that these feelings, which are often caused by burnout, can be detrimental to both our well-being and productivity.

In a recent piece by the Irish Times, Siobhán Murray, a psychotherapist based in Dublin, defined burnout as “a feeling of helplessness, disillusionment and complete exhaustion.” With businesses in countries like the United States losing roughly $300 billion due to stress- and burnout-related costs each year, the issue is seemingly a global one.

While there is no single medical solution for burnout, Irish Times writer Jamie Ball cites seven symptoms, created by psychologist and author Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter, that can help identify it.

As reported by the Irish Times, if you’re experiencing the following, you may be burning out:

  • insomnia

  • chronic fatigue

  • forgetfulness (or impaired concentration/attention)

  • increased illness

  • loss of appetite

  • anxiety

  • depression/anger

On their own, these symptoms may seem manageable, but when combined, they can be physically and mentally debilitating.

The Irish Times recently reported that one in three doctors in Ireland have experienced burnout in their careers, and four out of five reported that they had gone to work while sick or injured. “So, if that’s how doctors are “coping” with burnout, what hope is there for the rest of us?” Jamie Ball of the Irish Times asks.

Regardless of your industry, combating stress and burnout is essential if you want to thrive. Look out for the symptoms listed above to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of burnout.

Think you may be burning out? Try disconnecting from technology or taking some time off to reconnect with the ones who matter in your life. Your mind and your body will thank you.

Read the full article in the Irish Times. 

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

Community//

Burnout as a Badge of Honor

by Robert Bogue
Well-Being//

Are You A Burned Out Parent?

by Dr. Claire Nicogossian
Community//

Tips To Prevent Burnout in the Workplace

by Caroline Musyoka

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.