10 Signs That You're Experiencing Burnout

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Lloyd’s CEO António Horta-Osório just announced that he’s taking a leave of absence from his job —  which he’s only had for one year — because of exhaustion.And he’s not the first CEO to do this. Last year, Jeffrey Kindler left Pfizer because of the “24/7 nature” of a job that’s “extremely demanding.”

Burnout is a reality — and it doesn’t just affect people who are clocking in 80-hour workweeks. It’s a psychological, emotional and physical battle that many Americans face every day.

We found a great list at the Mayo Clinic, and also looked at a recent University of Zaragoza study that shows the different types of burnout. Are you suffering from it?

You feel out of control and cynical about your circumstances

'Burnout is the result of a prolonged exposure to chronic personal and interpersonal stressors on the job as determined by three dimensions: exhaustion, cynicism and professional inefficacy,' according to the Spanish study.

Source: Mayo Clinic and BMC Psychiatry

You're never satisfied with your accomplishments and you feel guilty all the time

'The 'frenetic' subtype feels guilt when faced with the prospect of not achieving set goals, given the ambition and great need for achievement that characterise subjects with this profile. These individuals adopt active coping strategies and invest all of their possible efforts until they become exhausted and overloaded.'

Source: Mayo Clinic and BMC Psychiatry

You use food, drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism

You're doing this to avoid all the feelings that are weighing you down.

Source: Mayo Clinic

You don't feel recognised or appreciated

'The underlying psychological mechanism for the development of burnout is the feeling of lack of reciprocity in social exchange relations,' according to the study.

You're one in a crowd and don't feel as if you stand out. This is exhausting, because a basic human need is for recognition and affection.

Source: BMC Psychiatry

Your workplace is chaotic — or swings back and forth between calm and chaos

It takes a lot of energy to keep up with a stressful office environment. That's why traders experience burnout quickly.

Source: Mayo Clinic

You're often irritable or angry

Maybe your co-workers are the ones who take the heat. Or it's your family, friends or roommates -- whoever you see at the end of the day and you can blame for everything that's going wrong.

Source: Mayo Clinic

You're bored at work — and you feel stuck

'Workers with 'underchallenged' burnout are presented with insufficient motivation and, given their talents and/or skills, have to cope with monotonous and unstimulating conditions that fail to provide the necessary satisfaction.'

Source: BMC Psychiatry

You can't sleep, and you're experiencing headaches and backaches on a regular basis

Psychological stress makes us physically sick.

Source: Mayo Clinic

You're always questioning yourself

Self-doubt can arise from outside factors: not having a clearly-defined job, not knowing what's expected of you, and working in a chaotic environment.

A feeling of isolation -- not working through this with your boss or people close to you -- can make this worse.

You've been with your company for a long time and you're not moving up the ladder

'Length of service in the organisation showed a direct linear association with the 'worn-out' type, to the extent that the longer the service, the greater the likelihood of having this burnout profile.'

Also, 'having a university degree, together with a stable relationship and the presence of children, was seen to be factors that protect from the 'worn-out' burnout subtype.'

Source: BMC Psychiatry

Many successful companies know that employees need work-life balance to perform

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