Recognising the signs of burnout
This morning on my walk after yoga, I was listening to a podcast with Jay Shetty & Ariana Huffington. They discussed burnout and micro-habits - two topics that I’m so interested in having had my own experience with major burnout and breaking and creating habits for positive change.
Ariana said we often miss the signs of burnout (I know I did!).
Here are the three main signs that are most predominant when it comes to burnout.
We start getting negative and cynical about our work, our lives. This 100% happened to me, although at the time I didn’t know that it was a symptom of burnout. It’s very much a sign that we are not connected to ourselves.
We wake up in the morning and everything just feels hard. Like that Monday morning feeling but every.damn.day! Getting out of bed and feeling motivated just feels like a drain and we really have to push ourselves. We might start reaching for more caffeine, carbs, or sugar in a bid to try and ‘fuel ourselves’.
And yep, the third sign is that our productivity starts to wane. We lose motivation, we don’t get shit done as efficiently or effectively as we normally would, and things take more effort and time. When you’re exhausted everything seems more overwhelming.
I can absolutely say that I experienced all of these things (and more!) but I wasn’t aware of them being signs of burnout. Perhaps if I’d known I might have made some changes earlier - I wouldn’t have got to a breaking point where I was having heart palpitations, crying in my car for an hour before going into work, and feeling so completely disconnected with everything - friends, work, family, my own body….
So what can you do if you start to recognise some of these signs creeping in?
Here are three tips:
Find an accountability buddy that can help give you a gentle nudge in the right direction of resting and resetting. Having someone who isn’t being critical, but more so caring and coaching you. When you are seeking an accountability buddy, this could be a friend or family member who you trust, or you might find a professional coach like I did. One thing to remember is that you need to be humble enough to hear and receive feedback and guidance and be committed to making some positive changes (even if you don’t know what they are yet)
60-second reset - now this is a good one. If you feel like you can’t find the time to commit to say a Yoga class or meditation, or a long walk, just simply take 60 seconds. We can all find a minute in our morning to be mindful and set our intention for the day and reframe our thinking. Take a few more 60-second resets throughout the day. You can breathe, or just close your eyes, or jumps around and shake about!
Start journaling. You don’t have to write an essay - you just have to start. Make it effortless by starting with 3 things you’re grateful for, or writing a sentence about something good that's happened today or something you are looking forward to this week.
Sending love and good vibes