5 surefire signs you’re too burnt out at your job

It’s essential to recognize the signs of job burnout. Here are the top five. 

What is job burnout?

As defined by the World Health Organization, job burnout is continual workplace stress that you can’t manage even with intervention.

If your job makes you feel exhausted, angry, or like you can’t do anything right, it could point to job burnout. 

Technically, job burnout pertains only to how you feel at work or about work —- it doesn’t pertain to issues you have in your personal life, but it can easily bleed into other aspects of your life.

Your job feels too stressful

Every job has some stress — it’s a part of life. But if your job feels overwhelmingly stressful, it may be a sign of burnout.

If you get angry about every little thing that happens at work or you can’t shake the bad things that happen at work off, it’s a sign that you’ve had enough.

You dread going to work

If you once bounced out of bed excited for the day ahead of you but now you have to drag yourself out of bed after hitting snooze 10 times, you may be burnt out.

No job is exciting all the time, but if you can’t find anything good about your job, it’s time to look elsewhere.

You can’t focus at work

Do you find yourself daydreaming at work or even thinking about where else you could work?

If you’re always losing track of what you were doing, or if you get to the end of the day and wonder what you accomplished all day long, you may have overstayed your job.

You’re overly emotional

Stress can do crazy things to our bodies, including making us overly emotional.

If every little thing bothers you lately and you can’t get control of your emotions, your job may be the reason. Emotional problems can cause you to feel constantly drained or too tired to do your normal tasks. 

Your accomplishments don’t improve your mood

You should find pleasure in your accomplishments rather than feeling depleted.

If doing something great at work or even being recognized doesn’t light a fire in your belly, you may be burnt out. 

Dealing with job burnout

So you know you have job burnout, now what? Most people can’t just up and quit their job, so what do you do?

Start by talking to your boss. See what you can do to lighten your load or change what bothers you. Hopefully, that’s causing the burnout and you’ll start to feel better.

If not, then you can continue the conversation and talk about other options. But you have to start by talking: Your boss can’t help you if they don’t know what’s going on. 

If that doesn’t work, consider taking some time off. During that time, do some soul-searching. Is this job for you, or should you look elsewhere? If you can’t find a reason to stay, it could be a sign that it’s time to look for a new job.