This article, Symptoms of Burnout, was written by Cathy Gates. Cathy is a seasoned workshop and small group leader with more that 20 years experience in the area of health promotion and disease prevention. She is the Director of Transformation Leadership International, a leadership development organization focusing on the emotional, relational and spiritual aspects of leadership for individuals and teams. Cathy is also the director of Renewing the Flame .
Did you know that progression along the stress - burnout - depression continuum is slow and insidious? There is no clear delineation between one stage and another……so burnout can sneak up on you. This slow and insidious nature is the reason why many people ‘hit the wall of burnout’ without ever realizing that they were burning out. That is why it is important to be aware of and watch for the three main symptoms of burnout.
Let’s start with some general burnout symptoms that will be common to everyone. These include:
It is equally important to know what burnout symptoms are specific to you. These become your early warning signs. These specific signs of burnout can be divided into four areas: physical, behavioral, attitudinal and interpersonal.
This list is just a sampling of symptoms of burnout. What is key for you is to become familiar with your own early warning signs that generally begin to appear when you are not handling stress well. Unless you deal effectively with your stress when you recognize the early warning burnout signs, you will continue on to burnout.
If you are interested in learning more about symptoms of stress, burnout and depression, please visit the Renewing the Flame web site to sign up for a free Burnout Risk Assessment e-workshop that you can complete at home.
Understanding the symptoms of burnout is the first step. Knowing what causes burnout is also helpful.