How to Recognize Signs of Burnout (and What to Do About Them)

We all feel burnt out from work now and again, but it's not always easy to recognize and easier to place blame elsewhere. Here are some burnout signs to look for and what you can do if you fit the bill.

Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter, writing for Psychology Today, is a psychologist who works with "high-octane women." As a result, she's come to recognize the signs of burnout in people who are frequently overextending themselves. Here are a few from the list:

  • Physical signs: chest pain, stomach pain, sleep problems, frequent headaches, chronic fatigue.
  • Psychological signs: activities you once enjoyed aren't enjoyable anymore, excessive anxiety, inability to concentrate, pessimism, hopelessness, frustration, anger.
  • Behavioral signs: skipping meals, drop in productivity, long work hours yet several incomplete projects, eating alone, being a poor team player.

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