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Are You Burned Out? Do You Know What It Feels Like?

August 18, 2016

We hear the term “burned out” all the time, and it’s often the culprit that gets blamed when a person decides to suddenly walk away from a job. But how do you tell the difference between being burned out and simply having a bad day or week? Differentiating one from the other is tricky but essential for your personal and professional success. With that in mind, we’ve listed some common signs of burn out.

Sleeping Habits

  • You hit the snooze button over and over every morning before going to work.

  • You get home from work feeling exhausted and having no motivation to do the things that you like.

  • You have trouble sleeping or find yourself sleeping at unusual times.

  • You constantly feel like you are overwhelmed and at risk of collapse.

Work Problems

  • You feel especially liberated by the thought of a weekend away from work.

  • You dread the thought of Monday morning and feel depression and anxiety on Sundays.

  • You are hesitant to talk about work with friends and family and describe everything with one-word answers.

  • You avoid spending time with coworkers outside of work.

  • You often fantasize about quitting and plan the imaginary moment out in lurid detail.

  • You can’t remember the last time you felt proud of one of your work accomplishments or satisfied by your professional life.

  • You feel stuck in place and lost in a loop of endless repetition.

Personal Behavior and Reactions

  • You have become more cynical than normal, and your cynicism begins to express itself at inappropriate times.

  • You often lose your temper and begin to lash out at coworkers, friends, family, and strangers.

  • You spend too much of your time complaining about your job to the people close to you.

  • You want to move on from your job but you feel completely unmotivated to look for something new.

  • You notice that your coworkers seem to be walking on eggshells when you are around.

  • You often get asked by coworkers and friends if you are doing ok.

  • You are annoyed when people ask you what you do for a living.

  • You begin to treat coworkers, clients, and customers with disregard and open hostility.

Exhibiting a few of these symptoms is probably not a sign of burnout. But if this list seems particularly familiar then it should raise some red flags. The good news is that moving out of your current job and into something better is likely faster and easier than you think. If you are a hospitality/restaurant professional contact Beacon Search, Inc. to see how we may be able to get your career back on track.

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