11 Signs of Emotional Burnout

Hey Optimist Minds!

Have you ever felt too tired to care about things that normally would interest you? Do you feel so stressed out that you’re inches away from giving up?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might be facing emotional burnout. Also termed emotional exhaustion, this is a chronic state of physical and emotional depletion. 

It can result from excessive workload, personal demands, and/or continuous stress. You feel emotionally overextended and exhausted by your work. The stress also starts spilling into other areas of your life. 

This video will describe eleven signs of emotional burnout. Early detection helps with treatment and recovery. 

However, it’s important to note that this information is only educational and cannot replace an official diagnosis by a licensed professional.

Now, let’s begin.


You stay up at night, worrying.

Do you have trouble sleeping? Maybe you keep tossing in bed for hours worrying about your work. It could also be that you have trouble staying asleep so you’re not getting adequate rest.

Disturbed sleep is a warning sign of any mental health condition, but particularly so in case of burnout. Since stress keeps your muscles chronically tense, you struggle to relax them when you need to sleep.


You feel like you’re working harder but accomplishing less.

When you’re on your way to burning out, you see a fall in productivity. To compensate for the guilt caused by that, you set higher expectations of yourself. Naturally, it feels like you’re working a lot more. But since the fatigue lowers quality, you don’t get proportionate results.


You suffer from physical complaints or frequent illness.

It’s not unusual for people with burnout to fall sick often or have bodily pains. The constant stress keeps your body in alert-mode, which unfortunately interferes with the immune system. As a result, you are more susceptible to infections or you suffer from auto-immune problems like migraines or hives.


You see close friends and family less often.

Burnout leaves you feeling like you have no time nor energy to invest into relationships. It’s common to experience interpersonal conflicts with friends and family during this time. Even if you’re not getting into arguments, burnout makes you avoid interactions altogether.


Change makes you very uncomfortable.

Do you automatically express negative attitudes to any kind of change? Does the thought of doing anything more than you’re already doing annoy you to no end? When you’re burnt out, you’ve depleted your resources and reached a point of exhaustion. It’s hard to be dynamic when that happens.


You’re more forgetful than usual.

Forgetfulness is a typical symptom of burnout. Many people experiencing it report not being able to remember appointments, deadlines, or personal possessions. Sometimes, it can also feel like you’re dissociating or zoning out.


You’re always concerned about using time optimally.

Are your eyes always on the clock? Do you feel stressed out about making the most of your time? Before you reach the final stages of burnout, you feel pressured to be productive. Part of this involves optimising your time management and multitasking skills.


You’re too busy to do ordinary tasks.

The workload takes up all your energy that you have none left for your chores like cleaning your car or fixing the sink. You might also avoid simple tasks like making calls, talking to neighbours, or reading your subscribed magazines.


You’ve increased your use of substances.

In a lot of cases, burnout can cause a relapse of addiction to smoking, drinking, drugs, and medication. If you were only consuming a little everyday earlier, the burnout might make you increase your dosage significantly.


You’re withdrawing socially.

Not only does burnout make you feel too busy to meet or call people, you might also avoid people even when you have the time. You feel so tired all the time that social interaction seems like too much effort.


You feel angry, irritated, annoyed, or disappointed in people around you.

One of the reasons why burnout causes interpersonal conflicts is because it lowers your patience. You get upset more quickly and easily so you end up picking fights. These changes in temperament show up because of a persistent lack of self-care.

Have you or someone you know been showing these signs? Do yuo suspect a case of emotional burnout? If so, we recommend that you consult a psychologist to learn how to undo the damage.

Let us know in the comments if you found this video helpful. A link for further reading and the studies & references used in the making of this video are mentioned in the description below.

Thanks for visiting optimist minds, take care. Until next time.


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