Burnout. If you’ve felt it, you know it. Lethargy. Dread for the day ahead. Feeling hopeless about your career and life. These are a few of the symptoms that continue to plague millions, and lead to decreased job retention rates. Psychology Today defines burnout as a “state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.”
If you find yourself struggling to maintain your edge in your personal and professional life—and get things done—you aren’t alone. One study showed that nearly half of employees leave their jobs due to burnout. Millennial women in particular are getting burned out before they even reach 30.
With a more hectic pace than ever, employees are getting overwhelmed. Without realizing it, they’re often spiraling toward a career rut, not because they hate what they do, but because they need to rebalance and rediscover their lives—outside of work. The increased stress, if not managed, can lead to chronic stress, which can take a major toll on ones health.
Are you suffering from burnout? Here are 4 key symptoms and what you can do to beat them and break free from burnout.
Burnout may be spreading like wildfire, but it doesn’t have to zap your happiness or life. Take some time to think about and evaluate your life and what you want out of it. Work is a fact of life. But your personal time should remain a priority too, to ensure a balanced, happy life—and a more productive and present you.
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