What does burnout feel like? And why do I always feel exhausted after work?

What does burnout feel like? And why do I always feel exhausted after work?

Why Do I Always Feel Exhausted After Work?

Burnout in the workplace is at an all-time high, especially during these tough times with the pandemic. You may feel drained of energy at your workplace, home and even during the weekends! It may seem that there is always work that needs to be done, and as a result, you end up putting things off for later. This initiates a vicious cycle where new tasks keep piling above the old ones, but there isn’t enough time or energy to meet the deadlines.

Burnout can lead to decreases in enjoyment and motivation.

That’s when you lose interest, in your work, at home and even in socializing with people. You may begin to feel that your work goes unseen. This can eventually lead to withdrawal from all situations that require you to put in any amount of energy, including self-care, and hence, contributing to mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. Additionally, burned-out individuals are at a higher risk of developing chronic disorders such as diabetes, heart disease, gastro-intestinal and respiratory problems in the future.

Sounds harsh, right?

The Importance of Taking Care of Ourselves

Well, that is how burnout has shown to impact personal lives of overworked individuals. Hence, it is important to recognize when these symptoms start to appear and take necessary actions to manage them. Here are some examples to get you started:

  • Communicate with your manager about how you feel, to come to a mutual solution
  • Re-evaluate your boundaries and priorities (finances, family responsibilities)
  • Confide in friends and family – one of the best ways to help with burnout symptoms, as proven by research
  • Indulge in self-care – take time off from everything to do what YOU find relaxing and enjoyable.
Written by Nisha Sheikh
Written by Nisha Sheikh

Nisha has a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Kingston University, and is a Psychology Intern at uMore, the AI-powered mental well-being tracker.