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7 Signs That You May Be Experiencing Burnout

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

Think you might be experiencing burnout?

Do you have this feeling that you’re not well?


It isn’t because of the common cold or allergies. You know deep down that you are spending 2,000+ hours each year doing something that doesn’t make you happy.


I know the feeling. See if the list below resonates with you. Keep reading for a few more signs that I personally experienced during my season of burnout.



7 Signs That You May Be Experiencing Burnout


1. Your work frustrations do not end when you leave work.


These frustrations have now infiltrated your personal space. You’ve brought them home. You are venting to anyone who will listen – allowing your workday to affect your mood, your relationships, and your peace.


2. You hate your job.

WHY DO WE DO THINGS THAT WE HATE? Seriously. Why?


3. Everything gets under your skin.


Even the minutiae. You have very little tolerance and human empathy at this point.


4. You’re exhausted.


Your eight hours of sleep aren’t cutting it anymore. You are not revitalized and ready for the day ahead. You wake up irritable, eyes and heart heavy. You dread your workload, and are anxious about communicating with your coworkers and superiors. You start your day immersed in negative energy every time you go to work. Let that sink in.


5. You’re becoming cynical.


You used to have a lust for life – a belief and a love for humanity. We are a species that thrives with human connection. Your cynicism is making you sick. Look it up.


6. You’re feeling useless.


You feel incompetent. Your productivity in and outside of work is lacking and you are not feeling fulfilled or accomplished. It’s as if nothing you do matters – because quite frankly you cannot shake the feeling of your own hopelessness. You know that you should be doing something different and somewhere else.


7. Drinks, drugs, and substances.


Kicking off your shoes and changing into a comfier pair of pants the first step is to mixing yourself a cocktail or pouring a glass of wine. Are you using a substance as a bridge from your work life to your home life?


It isn’t just one glass. Is it?


Good workday? You deserve it. Bad workday? You deserve it. Annoyed with your coworkers? You deserve it. Presentation didn’t go as planned? You deserve it. Celebrating a milestone? You deserve it. It’s the weekend, you deserve it.


I call BS. It’s escapism. You are so fried from the burnout, you’re self-medicating and trying to make yourself numb.



I lived in burnout for five years. FIVE YEARS!


In 2017, my body was physically giving me signs that I needed to stop and change the course. I didn’t listen. “It’s my livelihood,” I would tell myself. As if there was no other way for me to make money. What a lie I concocted and believed.


Anyways, a little about me – I worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years. I moved up from a GM role to managing multiple properties and eventually became Director of Operations of the entire company for the entrepreneur who gave me the opportunity.


Here are a couple more personal signs that I was experiencing during my very long season of burnout.


· I would have small panic attacks when the phone would ring or ding with a text.

I was on call 24/7, overseeing the operations of four establishments and a direct on property manager for one of the properties. This really did mean all hours of the night – even getting called into work on Christmas – and never being able to fully check out (the irony, the puns!). My ringer was always at the highest volume. When I quit, I had to change my ringtones.


· My marriage was hanging on by a thread. I constantly held the responsibility of my job higher than everything else. It was honestly a requirement to operate on the level that I had to. It is no excuse. I put a DISPOSABLE income ahead of my vows. I am grateful for the patience of my husband, he’s a saint.


Burnout can literally ruin the quality of your life if you don’t catch it in time.


If this sounds like what you’re going through. I want to help.


It costs nothing to talk. Reach out and tell me what you’re facing. If I can’t help you, I’ll try to point you toward someone who can. If there’s an opportunity to work together, I’ll send you a free proposal and you can decide what you want to do from there.


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Shea

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