Much attention has been placed on burnout of late. The pandemic made hybrid and remote work setups necessary, and evolving business needs brought about workplace demands that caused tremendous stress on employees. Understandably, this resulted in resignations. Employees who chose to stay then had to negotiate increased workloads, which, for some, proved detrimental to their mental health.
Many employees feel the symptoms of getting burnt out, but opt to ignore it and get on with their daily lives. Can you admit to being burnt out, though? Yes, you can, and yes you should. In this article, we’ll look into why you should acknowledge burnout and why this is important.
Symptoms of burnout
First off, though, you need to know the symptoms of burnout before you admit to it. Here are the signs to look out for:
- Physical and emotional exhaustion that may manifest in symptoms like headaches and changes in sleeping habits and appetite.
- An overwhelming feeling that eventually results in social withdrawal.
- Irritability towards other people.
- Frequent illnesses resulting from weakened immune systems due to stress.
How can you admit that you are burnt out?
An article from Wall Street Journal stresses the importance of admitting that you are burned out – especially to your boss. Here are the steps to make yourself comfortable with talking about it:
- Acknowledge the burnout. The first step is to recognise that you are exhausted and need a breather. Ignoring burnout and hoping that things will improve will never help.
- Keep it simple. Go straight to the point with your admission. Tell your boss that your work has burned you out without much fuss. They need to know what you are going through to provide the help you need.
- Be specific with what you need. Understand what can help you out of burnout. Do you need to have your deadlines extended? Do you need some time off work? Would you rather work fewer hours in the meantime? In any case, specify what you need to go through this phase so you and your boss can work it out.
Why is it important to admit burnout?
Burnout can affect us so strongly that it is hard to ignore. Here are some reasons why we should acknowledge it:
- Ignoring burnout means keeping stress pent up. Pressure does not simply go away. It would be best to deal with it, and the first step is to acknowledge your emotional depletion from burnout.
- Stress from burnout can result in negative emotions. You can never keep negative emotions like anger and sadness to yourself. They eventually spill out, and we end up hurting ourselves and our relationships.
- Burnout can also affect our bodies physically. Working while burnt out puts us through a lot of stress, weakening our immune system. This deficiency puts us at risk of illness, which is a no-no during this pandemic.
Burnout is a problem that will keep cropping up from time to time. The best start to working it out is by simply admitting it. In that way, you open yourself up to help and put yourself on track towards recovery.