It’s normal to be stressed at work. In fact, there are two types of work stress: the good stress, which makes you productive by giving you more energy to do your job. Then there’s bad stress, the kind that stays around for weeks, even months, which eventually leads to burnout.
When you have the latter, you’ll be in denial at first. But then you get sucked in by your work so much that you’ll notice changes in your attitude and well-being, and that you’re not the same as before. If you’re experiencing the following signs, then you’re probably headed to a burnout, or you’re actually there already:
8. You have the constant urge to meet up with your friends
You want to reconnect with the old you and remind yourself how happy you were before all of this happened. You want to see other people who are not your officemates and talk about life outside the office.
7. You get easily irritated
Work is always at the back of your mind, so you tend to be short-tempered at times when conversing with other people.
6. Tiredness is a constant feeling
You always feel the need to rest even after doing a simple task. You’re not only physically tired, but also emotionally.
5. Your eating habits are becoming irregular
Skipping lunch is normal for you, but there are times when you eat too much more than you normally do.
4. You experience insomnia
There are nights when you just can’t sleep, even if you are totally exhausted the whole day.
3. Frequent sickness
Too much stress can compromise your health, making your immune system weaker. That is why you become vulnerable to illnesses.
2. Everything about your job irritates you
You lose interest in meetings, new projects, and you feel that everything you do is pure labor, and you don’t feel like you’re learning anymore. You either arrive late or just completely skip work.
1. You always feel the need to take a vacation
You want to explore life outside work and help you appreciate life beyond the corners of your office cubicle.
If you can relate to most of these things, always remember that no job is worth compromising your health and relationships over. Be kind to yourself; try doing positive things like taking a vacation, monitoring your health and surrounding yourself with people who make you happy. If all else fails, then maybe it’s finally time to let go.
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