Although burnout tends to happen later in life I have noticed many friends in their 30s-40s start to show early signs of burn out syndrome. Stress related illness costs economies billions of dollars each year and can take individuals years to recover back to full health.
How do you know if you are likely to experience burnout and what can you do about it before it’s too late?
Signs of feeling burnout include:
- feeling tired and drained
- bad sleep patterns
- lack of motivation
- sense of failure and always self criticizing
- feeling sick a lot and taking a long time to recover
- frequent muscle aches
- feeling helpless
- poor appetite
- low sex drive
- feeling alone and isolated
- struggling to think clearly
- leaving tasks unfinished
- feeling negative most of the time
- over use of food, alcohol or drugs
- taking a lot of sick days off work
- leaving work early or coming in late
Talk with your doctor and tell people you trust.
Don’t feel bad as you are not alone. A recent study from 16,000 people from 250 companies showed:
- 43.3% ranked highly on all questions on tiredness and fatigue
- 37.5% worked longer hours than they should
- 24.1% experience stress symptoms
- 30.6% experience worry
So what can we do to prevent burnout? Read Awesome40’s blogs and take action!
We all know we need to eat healthy, exercise, and sleep well to prevent burnout. Take a daily break from technology and do something creative or fun. If you are suffering from burnout a period of rest and recovery is critical to preventing burnout from increasing and allowing healing to begin. Start small and make minor adjustments to eating, exercise and sleeping patterns until you are stronger to do more. Having a great morning routine to start the day (check out Miracle Morning) can help you to feel focused and motivated.
Having a great brother like I do helps too!