To simplify this conversation, burnout is about you and your work. Other uses of the word may represent precursors to burnout such as having a foggy brain, being angry, detachment in personal relationships or even getting fat.
Many studies say burnout is a thing. We ignore work burnout at our own risk. Some of my entrepreneurial clients work just as hard to avoid burnout as to stay in the fire and flames. Removing yourself from the burnout slide is a different type of work.
If you are an entrant into the Field of Burnout, you need better than good coping skills. You must put yourself first, last, and always. Accept responsibility for who you are and what you do. Maintain your positive energy levels and remain optimistic. Create a strong foundation.
As stress starts its way into your body, heart, and mind, another plan is about to go into effect. It all starts with you.
When you find yourself tired all the time, then turning into a fire-eating dragon on the way to physical illness, it is time to just stop. Regroup yet do not quit. Quitting is way too easy.
Are you working more now and enjoying it less?
Are you running out of time every day to complete your projects?
Has your search for success become more meaningless and less rewarding financially?
Have you stopped caring?
You are in a stage of burnout. Acknowledge it and own it.
You need help or at least to be able to help yourself.
Stop if you catch yourself packing your suitcase and looking for a new place to live.
When you have constant headaches, seek to isolate yourself (as if we need more reasons to quarantine!) and feel empty inside, again, it is time to stop.
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