Are You On Burn Out?

5 Signs That Say You Are

I received a call from the school nurse, who put my son on the line. My son told me he was very sad and was feeling depressed. I immediately went to my son’s school to pick him up. Before we left, we met with one of the administrators, who helped my son feel a little better. 

The whole afternoon I couldn’t stop thinking about how sad my son was when I arrived at the school. A few hours later, when I went upstairs for some quiet time, it hit me that my son may be depressed…just like me.

What I love about this image is the raw emotion that shows just how hard parenting can be sometimes.

Emotional exhaustion: If you've been feeling emotionally drained, overwhelmed, or chronically fatigued, it's important to recognize that this could be a sign of burnout. It's essential to give yourself space to express these emotions and seek support from friends, family, or a mental health professional.

Detachment and cynicism: Have you been experiencing a sense of detachment from your work or personal life, or feeling increasingly cynical? It's normal to feel this way sometimes, but if it's persistent, it may be a sign that you're approaching burnout. Be gentle with yourself and take time to reconnect with your passions and values.

Reduced performance or motivation: If you find it challenging to complete tasks or maintain motivation at work, this could be another indication of burnout. Remember that it's okay to ask for help or delegate tasks to others, and consider prioritizing self-care to regain your focus and energy.

Physical symptoms: Burnout can manifest itself in various physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive issues, or sleep disturbances. It's essential to listen to your body and prioritize self-care, such as getting enough sleep, eating well, and engaging in regular physical activity.

Feelings of ineffectiveness or lack of accomplishment: If you're consistently feeling like your efforts are not making a difference or that you're not accomplishing your goals, this could be a sign of burnout. Remember, it's crucial to celebrate your achievements, no matter how small, and practice self-compassion. Be kind to yourself and seek the support you need to regain your sense of purpose and balance.