Burnout (5 Stages of Burnout)
It’s hard for one to diagnose themselves as suffering from burnout. The best way to deal with burnout is to prevent it. This will make sure your work life is not interrupted. Burnout can be described as the loss of interest in work which is coupled with physical and mental exhaustion. Everybody can be affected by burnouts and at any given time of the day. Just like with any illness, the symptoms of burnout can vary from one person to another, however, these are the 5 common symptoms of burnout.
- Honeymoon phase: during this period one is excited and highly motivated about their work.
- The onset of stress: the realization that some days are tougher and more demanding than others. You become less optimistic. You experience mild mental and physical exhaustion.
- Chronic stress: you feel more stressed, and signs of physical and mental exhaustion become more severe.
- Burnout: This is the most discussed stage, and involves signs like having an acute escapist mentality, frustration, social isolation, self-doubt, severe headaches.
- Habitual burnout: the symptoms of burnout are so severe that one suffers from an emotional, physical, and mental breakdown.
Burnout should be prevented because it will bring serious issues affecting both your personal and professional life.