Signs of Burnout and How to Cope

Updated: Jan 18

Burnout is the result of long periods of stress. It causes you to feel heavy exhaustion in physical and mental ways.




Insomnia

Insomnia is the state of being unable to fall asleep. This can be a result of having too many things on top of your mind. Lessening the burden is important. Do not be afraid to ask someone for help or tell someone you cannot fulfill a specific request at the moment. You can also make a to-do list and organize a task schedule to move things off of your head and onto paper.





Anger

Being too stressed can make you cranky. While trying to manage all your tasks and work, you begin to lose control over emotions. This can result in outbursts of rage or suddenly becoming very sensitive to minor things.






Lack of appetite

While your body is occupied on physical tasks or exhausted from emotional worries, it will be less responsive to hunger. When your mind is absent and focused on a different job, your body will slowly be unable to receive the feeling of hunger. It is important to keep up a daily and balanced diet.




Feeling Worthless

From all the given stress, you probably will begin to feel that whatever you accomplish is not enough. Feeling worthless is normal, but turn your views to a more optimistic perspective. Think about how you have impacted your friends and family, despite how minor the situations. Always remember that you are worthy of being alive and your worth is greater than you know.


Forgetfulness

With all the stress and burden you have on yourself, it is very evident that you would tend to forget things more often than before. Instead of trying to memorize every empty jar in the pantry, make a shopping list, and take it with you. Instead of trying to remember every homework assignment due in one week, make a planner and carry it around in your backpack. Similarly to insomnia, transfer thoughts and ideas from your head to a more tangible object.

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