5 Tell-Tale Signs You Are Experiencing Burn-Out

5 Tell-Tale Signs You Are Experiencing Burn-Out


Burnout is a term that is thrown around a lot. First of all- what is it? Burnout is a state of physical and mental exhaustion, with feelings of failure and hopelessness. It can be seen as a form of chronic stress. One study defines burnout as 3 things: exhaustion, cynicism and inefficacy. Here are 5 signs you may be experiencing this phenomenon:

A constant feeling of exhaustion

Exhaustion is a big indicator. Both mentally and physically you may feel like you don’t have the energy to carry on, and it is not just that you’ve had a few late nights in a row.


Feeling pessimistic

Compared to how you normally feel, you may notice you have more negative thoughts. You may feel constantly dissatisfied with yourself and your life, and it could extend to negative feelings towards others as well. You may feel hopeless and empty.


Having lower productivity

Being exhausted and sad can mean it is harder to concentrate, and you may find that your performance academically (and in other aspects of your life) is poorer than normal. You may feel overwhelmed that everything is piling up, but you can’t seem to get through it all.


Being frustrated

Having a lower productivity than you are used to can result in feelings of frustration. You want to get back to how you were, but you just can’t, no matter how hard you try. You may also get more easily frustrated whilst talking to people.


Isolating and feeling detached from people

There can be a lack of motivation that comes with burnout. You may not enjoy things anymore, and this can lead to shutting people out and stopping socialising. You might feel disconnected, even to those close to you.


These are a few of the many signs that you are experiencing burnout. If you are experiencing any of these, or anything else that is out of the ordinary for you, it is important to recognise whether it is a short-term slump or something more serious. Either way, recognising what you are going through is the first step in dealing with and overcoming the problem. Even if you are not experiencing burnout, it is important to be able to identify it as well, as it is so common and you never know who it might affect.


About the Author

Hi, I’m Sumona and I’m a UCL medical student. I’m passionate about medical education and I hope that my posts are interesting and inspiring for you. Check out my personal blog for posts on travel, food and my experiences being a student in London!



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