Hopefully by being aware of the signs at each stage you can catch burnout and take action before it progresses. Manifestation of any two symptoms from a stage is a good indicator you’re in that stage.

Stage 1: Stressed

Characterized by anxiety symptoms.

  • Irritableness
  • Anxiety / Worry
  • High blood pressure
  • Grinding your teeth in your sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Increased Illness
  • Loss of Appetite or Stress Eating
  • Unusual heart rhythms (skipped beats, rapid pounding)
  • Struggle to concentrate/forgetfulness
  • Headaches

Stage 2: Overwhelmed

Characterized by decreasing performance, increased negativity, withdraw, and attempts to medicate the symptoms. 

  • Lateness for work
  • Procrastination
  • Dreading returning to work
  • Increased marital conflict
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Persistent tiredness in the mornings
  • Missing project deadlines
  • Social withdrawal (from friends and/or family)
  • Cynicism
  • Resentfulness
  • Increased caffeine consumption
  • Increased alcohol consumption
  • Apathy

Stage 3: Crispy

Characterized by depression symptoms.

  • Chronic symptoms:
  • Sadness or depression
  • Stomach or bowel problems
  • Mental fatigue
  • Physical fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Hopeless Discouragement
  • The desire to “check out” or run away from friends, work, and perhaps even family
  • Occasional thoughts about ending your life

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