Are you feeling sick all the time and like your legs are heavier than ever? Maybe so frustrated and tired that you feel you can’t take it anymore? Do you feel so out of place that you have lost your confidence and you now doubt about everything you do?
If these feelings sound familiar, it’s time for a little introspection. Don’t be confused! It’s not that harmless season flu that gets you every month and to which you blame your lack of enthusiasm; you might be approaching a work breakdown as a result of serious mental stress.
After reading through these 7 red flags, you will know if it’s time to change directions:
- You are way too crazy; more like cynical really
If you are acting more sarcastic than ever with your coworkers that now you even mock them, it’s time for a step-down!
- You feel like running away from everything
If you fantasize of leaving and never coming back, that’s a clear sign of avoidance and rejection of reality. And what you should know of this phase is that it’s due to the excess of effort that you’re investing hoping that it will accelerate your success.
- You’re acting clumsy over easy tasks
Things you would easily remember are slipping away from you now? Take it in account too, because it is another sign of work burnout.
- You’re tired all the time
It’s the middle of summer and you would rather stay in sleeping during a sunny Saturday morning? It’s a classic symptom of emotional exhaustion because you’re suffering from work dysfunction.
- You are too dissatisfied
Nothing and no one at work please you and, on top of that, you blame everyone around you for your lack of success. Yes, it’s true we all have the not-so-nice coworker or boss, but if you’re exaggerating their attitudes and interpreting them as if you were their victim, is it really them you should blame?
- You’re insecure
If you are starting to doubt about everything you do, you are aware of it and it even surprises you because you now that’s not really like you, it’s time to ask yourself what happened. Especially if you’ve been working too hard but you wonder if in the end it has any merit at all; it’s a distorted feeling of ‘reduced accomplishment’. And it’s another clear symptom of burnout.
- You get sick all the time
From a common cold to heart disease, did you know that serious stress could really harm your body? If there’s always a part of your body that seems to not cooperate and the doctors can’t seem to find any clinical reason for your discomfort, then it’s time to open your eyes!
You should also know that hopes are not lost! If you identified yourself while reading the previous statements, there are ways to minimize the stress and work burnout. Try to take some vacations or book some quality time with friends. You can also try speaking out your concerns to your boss if you are the kind of person that usually swallows everything.Original article 7 Signs You’re Fast Approaching a Breakdown at Work (and How to Slam on the Brakes) By Erinn Bucklan