If you were feeling burnt out at the end of last year, maybe you thought taking a break over the holidays might help.
But if you are burnt out, why don’t you feel different after taking a short break?
The reason is burnout can develop over a long period and result in significant physical and cognitive changes which can be difficult to undo quickly.
Some of the key signs of burnout include waking up feeling exhausted no matter how much rest you have.
Burnout saps your energy, both physical and mental.
You might have difficulty focusing. Research including the Sydney Burnout Study finds one-third of people with burnout have trouble concentrating and cognitive difficulties, as chronic stress impacts how your brain functions.
You feel like you are always on edge and can’t wind down.
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Burnout can play havoc with your autonomic nervous system.
You can feel stuck in 'fight or flight' with your heart rate and blood pressure going up or down.
You feel like you’re not making a difference anymore or that your efforts aren’t recognised.