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How to Tell If You're Experiencing Burnout

Burned Out or Just Stressed?

With the economy still struggling to make a recovery, many people are experiencing more pressure than ever at work. Working overtime to keep your current job or find a new one can make you feel completely burned out — but are you really?

According to stress management expert Debbie Mandel, feeling stressed and experiencing actual burnout are two different things. To find out if you’re suffering from burnout,


Mandel says to watch for the following signs of burnout:

  • Aches and pains that come and go
  • Trouble focusing
  • Irritability
  • Constant fatigue
  • Conflicts at work

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, experts recommend regaining your work-life balance stat. Take frequent breaks during the day, meditate, make time for hobbies, and make sure you’re exercising and eating right. No matter how much you have on your plate, a burned out worker is not a productive one.

Have you ever experienced actual burnout?

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cupcakers cupcakers 7 years
I have signs of a burnout because I can't find a job!
luna08 luna08 7 years
I have definite signs of burnout...this week I think my whole company reached their limit. Definitely readjusting some things to help cope!
santiephey santiephey 7 years
i think im worse than burnout..i loathe my job although at the same time im thankful i still have a job now.
mo_ri_ah mo_ri_ah 7 years
I feel the same way.. total burnout. I took an impromptu day off last week, but that didn't seem to help much.
michlny michlny 7 years
Wow...I have definite signs of burnout :(
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
im experiencing burnout right now but I work 2 jobs and have to care for my disabled parent, I can only expect burnout.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't think I've ever experienced true burnout, but I was close a couple of years ago when I had to work 50-55 hours a week in addition to commuting 1 1/2 hours each way while planning a wedding. I wasn't sleeping a lot then, that's for sure.
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