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5 Signs You’re Burning Out

Having job stress is one thing; burning out -- quite another. Are you at risk? Take a look at these red flags and check out our solution guide -- because life is stressful enough as it is.

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Sign 1: Feeling overwhelmed

The beginnings of burnout are related to job stress. You find that the original expectations for your job or role are unrealistic and that there’s more to do than time to do it. You work longer hours than intended, give up your routines entirely (you can’t remember the last time you went to the gym or got your hair done) and don’t even have time to relax, at all. You say to yourself: “I’ll relax on the weekend!”

When you share your feelings with friends or family, they shrug off your concerns and suggest you be more grateful or that you just take more time for yourself. Friends might say, “Your job sucks -- you need to find a new one.” You find yourself saying, “Stay positive; this will get easier.” And doesn’t.

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