Are you that star employer that is always first in the office in the mornings, always willing and offering to take on additional tasks, and always checking your emails and working over the weekends?
If so, you may think you are doing the best possible thing for your career, but in reality it may backfire and you may start suffering from burnout, which will ultimately have the adverse effect and impact your career negatively.
The telltale symptoms of burnout include chronic fatigue, forgetfulness, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Feelings of emptiness, indecisiveness, a feeling like you just want to run away, erratic or conflicting emotions, wanting to isolate yourself from people and frequent illnesses can also be signs of burnout.
It is important to remember that burnout is a serious condition that if ignored can lead to severe depression, illness, suicidal thoughts and a complete breakdown.
Here are some of the signs that may indicate that you may be heading for burn out. Learn to recognize the causes before it starts negatively affecting your career, your relationships and possibly even your health.
1. You are a perfectionist
Is your closet full of clothes organised by color or length? Are you not able to trust others to do a task correctly, so rarely, if ever delegate? If so you may be a perfectionist, which is not a good thing. Perfectionists tend to be very self critical and put themselves under extreme unnecessary stress as they are not able to accept any standard short of perfection.
2. You want to do it all yourself
Are you the type of person who just really struggles to hand duties across and feels they need to do it all themselves? Even when already balancing a huge barely manageable workload already?
3. You cannot say no
If you are a people pleaser and struggle to say no, you may be taken advantage of in the workplace and just be given crazy obscene amounts of work. In order to be successful you do not need to be working all the time. Successful people do take time off from work to relax, and for good reason, as when you are rested you have more energy, and are able to get more done.
4. You are not able to separate your work and home life
If you are a high performer who is just not able to shut off from work, and tends to be either working during what should be your down time at home, or thinking about work, you may be on the road for burnout. It’s great to be ambitious and have a work ethic, but you need to have down time when you are away from work.
5. Excessive workload
Carrying an excessive workload drives stress and stops your body and mind from rest. This can lead to too little sleep, a bad diet, no time for exercising, and massive amounts of stress that erodes your immune system and can cause illness.
Remember that burnout does not discriminate, it affects people in all industries including the mining industry, and that burnt out people are not great employees. Burn out can start with feelings of stress and tension, but can later develop into anxiety and depression which can manifesto itself in mood swings, anger, sadness, and irritability that can be directed at those you work with, as well as those at home.
The good news though, is that it does not need to be the end of the world, if you can understand the causes and recognize the symptoms you can make the necessary changes to how you work, think and take care of yourself and put the wind back in your sail.