How do I know I have it? What are the signs and symptoms?

Physical signs and symptoms of burnout

Emotional signs and symptoms of burnout

Behavioural signs and symptoms of burnout

  • Feeling tired and drained most of the time; low energy
  • Lowered immunity, frequent illnesses
  • Frequent headaches or muscle pain
  • Change in appetite or sleep habits
  • Sense of failure and self-doubt
  • Feeling helpless, trapped, and defeated
  • Detachment, feeling alone in the world
  • Loss of motivation
  • Increasingly cynical and negative outlook
  • Decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment
  • Withdrawing from responsibilities
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating, taking longer to get things done
  • Making errors
  • Using food, drugs, or alcohol to cope
  • Taking out your frustrations on others; being irritable or suspicious
  • Skipping work or coming in late and leaving early


Many of us will continue to work thinking we are ‘just’ stressed, but while stress is usually experienced as feeling anxious and having a sense of urgency burnout is described as helplessness, hopelessness, or total apathy.



Published 13th August 2020

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