Hi, I’m Michelle! I’m recording this on Halloween. And you know what’s really scary? When chronic stress goes ignored and unchecked and turns into burnout.
Stress, chronic stress, and burnout are on a continuum. And by the time you hit the burnout stage and start to shut down, you’ve most likely already been outrunning chronic stress for a long time.
I’m going to share 6 signs that you may be headed for burnout.
But first, welcome! drop a comment and let me know that you stopped by.
I’m Michelle Risser, and I help therapist moms embrace their multi-passionate selves, optimize their self-care, and create diversified income streams so they can have less burnout, more impact, and more fun!
✨ I believe that caring for yourself first, shining your light, and helping others in diverse and energizing ways is the antidote to burnout. ✨
Please share this video with any therapist or helping professional that you may know, because burnout is something that we all need to watch out for.
Here are the 6 signs that you may be headed for burnout and you need to course correct ASAP.
Number 1) energy depletion or exhaustion.
Now, I’m not talking about just regular tiredness. This isn’t how you feel when maybe you didn’t get enough sleep last night. This is a bone-deep kind of fatigue that doesn’t go away.
Number 2) an increased feeling of mental detachment from your job and your clients.
You may be finding it harder to care and harder to have empathy, and this is a coping skill. This is your body and mind’s way of trying to protect you. You’re feeling detached.
Number 3) you’re more negative or cynical about your job.
We’ve all turned to gallows humor from time to time to release some pressure and help us cope with the tough realities of the job. But when negative, snarky humor becomes the norm, it could be a problem.
Number 4) You’re having a hard time keeping up with your work and you’re less productive than you were before.
If notes are even more behind than usual, you are making silly mistakes or always drowning under you to-do list, these can be signs.
Number 5) You feel hopeless or stuck.
You just don’t see how there’s a way out of this situation. It almost feels harder to do anything about it than it does to just keep pushing through.
And finally, number 6) You start dreading work on the regular.
If it’s Sunday afternoon or whatever the day is before you go back to work and you’re thinking, “I don’t know how I’m gonna do this. Ugh, I do NOT wanna do this”, that can be a sign that burnout is setting in.
If you see any of these signs in yourself, take them seriously.
It’s time to start setting some limits, setting some boundaries, and coming up with a plan for how you can put your self-care first and start to take care of yourself before it’s too late. Because once you’ve reached full-on burnout, it can be really hard to recover. It can take months, even years, and some people end up leaving the field entirely.
Don’t let that happen to you.
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I love talking about stress, chronic stress, burnout, self-care, micro strategies, overcoming barriers, and I also love to talk about alternate income streams like writing and teaching CEUs and getting into coaching or consulting.
If you’d like to know more about whether you may be headed for burnout,, or if anything that I’ve said today kind of resonated with you and you’re thinking, “Uh oh”, take my free burnout assessment HERE.
Thank you so much for stopping by!