Early Signs Of Burnout: How To Recognise When You’re Reaching Your Breaking Point

May 25, 2023
4 min read

Ask yourself… are you stressed out?

As a corporate employee, you’re no stranger to stress. Maybe you have even tricked yourself to accept stress as your perennial friend. While it is true that some level of stress can be beneficial, indicating a level of investment in your work, it can also become overwhelming and lead to burnout. This can have serious consequences for your mental and physical health, as well as your ability to perform well at work.

Understanding your breaking point

But what does the term “breaking point” mean?

“Breaking point” is the moment just before you experience “burnout” which is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. 

4 early signs to look out for!

Essentially, to avoid reaching your breaking point, you’d need to recognise the signs and address them suitably. So, here are 4 early signs you should look out for!

  1. Decreased Energy & Motivation: Feeling extremely fatigued or lacking the motivation to do anything is a sign that you might be reaching your breaking point. You might feel like sleeping in, not wanting to be productive or you might lack the energy and interest to do even the most menial tasks or things that you usually enjoy. 
  1. Sleep issues: Very common among people edging towards their breaking point are sleep issues. It could be insomnia, sleep paralysis, nightmares, or you waking up feeling tired even after a full night’s rest!
  1. Mood Swings: You might feel irritable, angry, or short-tempered when you’re almost at your breaking point. You might feel like you’re on the edge at all times and even miniscule things start bothering you, thus impacting your relationships. 
  1. Reduced Productivity: When you’re nearing your breaking point, you might find yourself to be less invested in work, resulting in a drop in your productivity. From struggling to concentrate or focus your attention to facing difficulty in finding inspiration, all of it can produce feelings of frustration, disappointment, and anxiety which can aggravate your current mental health state. 

However, contrary to popular belief, this is not all. 

Burnout transpiring into physical symptoms

Burnout can also manifest as physical signs wherein you experience headaches, muscle tension, hair fall, or even serious symptoms like stomach problems, and eating disorders. 

4 ways to cope & care!

So, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, then here are 4 ways in which you can cope with them and avoid experiencing burnout. 

  1. Indulge In Self-Care: You need to give yourself enough time and space and do the things that are good for you mentally, and physically and pair them up with the things that you enjoy guilt-free. From getting a good 6-8 hours of sleep daily to exercising regularly, all the way to brunching with your best friend… self-care entails it all. 
  1. Set Boundaries: One of the key components of maintaining good mental health is learning to say no to the things that do not require your immediate attention or prioritisation or are off-limits.
  1. Take Regular Breaks: Whether it’s regular breaks throughout your day or time-off to recharge and recoup, taking timely breaks is quintessential. 
  1. Share: You should ideally open up and talk to someone who is close to you like a friend or family member. But if that feels difficult, then approaching a mental health professional can also be beneficial. 

Note to yourself!

Remember, your breaking point remains disguised until you recognise it, hold it down and decide to actually address it. In fact, the more you dodge it, the more difficult it might make your life wherein managing everyday tasks might also feel like a challenge. So, it’s that moment of self-realisation that will help you recognise when you’re about to reach your breaking point and prevent it from happening or in the best-case scenario, empower you to sort it.

– Posted by Anonymous

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