As a professional businesswoman, you most likely work long hours, maybe even taking work home on evenings and weekends. You probably have a towering workload, and are passionate about doing a great job. In this increasingly fast-paced world, you also need to fit in time for friends and family, relaxation, exercise, and hobbies. Exhausting right?
The trouble with this is that many people experience burnout at some point. More than just being tired, burnout is an actual medical condition caused by chronic stress. It can lead to other health problems such as depression, stroke, and breakdowns—and can affect your relationships, job performance, and happiness. As a result, it’s important to recognise the signs of burnout and take back control before burnout takes hold of you.
In this article, we’ll help you recognise the symptoms, and in the next article, you’ll see how to overcome it.
Why does burnout happen?
Normally, when we encounter a stressful situation, our brain goes to our store of resources to deal with it. These resources are the emotional, physical, and mental energy we need to overcome the situation. When we experience chronic, ongoing stress, we are calling on these resources a lot. Then at some point, the resource stores become empty and burnt out. This means we no longer have sufficient resources to deal with the stress.
However, burnout isn’t something that happens overnight. It takes a while for these stores to become depleted, and our mind gives us warning signs that this is happening. To avoid burnout, you need to recognise the symptoms and do something about them.