Stressed. Burned out. Overworked. Under rested. All of these terms go hand in hand, and none of them manifest in a positive way. Unfortunately, many people experience these things on a regular basis, due in part to poor prioritization, a struggle to manage time efficiently, and simply biting off more than they can chew. So you can nip this in the bud, and stop it before it spirals out of control, here are some signs to be aware of in your own life.
You Feel Tired and Lack Passion
This one doesn’t take much explaining. You know it when you feel it. Dragging through the day, counting the seconds until you can leave work, and putting in the least amount of effort possible to get something done are all signs that you are nearing burn out and excess stress. To kick these feelings, make sure you get enough sleep, but also make sure you are resting when you have the chance. Take a few minutes to just sit and breathe. It can go a long way.
You Are Extra Confrontational
If you find yourself getting in an argument about every little thing, you are probably on the verge of being overstressed. Conflict is a hallmark sign of personal burn out. On the flip side, if you don’t argue about things that would normally set you off, you are probably experiencing a similar level of stress as well. To improve on either side of this issue, remember to be open and calm during differences of opinion. If you are lacking that inner fire that fuels who you are, take time off to check your priorities.
Balance Seems Unachievable
When you try to juggle too many things at once, you will inevitably reach a breaking point. If it seems like balance is impossible, you have gone too far. At this point, it is important to recognize that perfect balance is not what you are after (nor is it achievable all day, every day), but rather a mingling of things you have to do with things you want to do.
Everything Makes You Angry
Sound like you? Then check your stress level, because if you have reached that level of “anger,” you are probably in full blown burn out. Take a personal inventory of your emotions. What is really bothering you? Was it really the fact that someone turned in front of you, or is it because you are struggling to meet a work deadline? Knowing yourself and what triggers your stress is the key to fighting it in the first place.
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Story Credit: 4 Red Flags That You’re Headed for Burnout by Jan Bruce
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