If you want to succeed in life and career, you have to work hard. It’s a law of the modern society. Some people give up and go with the flow, but some individuals struggle and try to catch up with the pace of life. Very often such people get physically and emotionally burned out. How not to miss the moment when your life becomes a constant challenge and stop until it’s too late? Here are the most common signs telling that you need a break.
1. Chronic fatigue
Spending too much energy throughout the day, your body cannot restore it during short hours of rest. Day by day you get more and more exhausted and need more time to feel well again. In addition, constant stresses and emotional pressure, which trigger the secretion of cortisol, make your organism work under load. It means that you get tired faster and even a sound night sleep doesn’t give you the needed charge of energy for a new day. Hence, your fatigue doesn’t go away.
2. Difficulty sleeping
Problems with sleep caused by emotional and physical exhaustion lead to aggravation of your condition. Even though you may feel completely exhausted, you cannot fall asleep or your night dreaming may be restless. Lack of sleep doesn’t give you a chance to restore, so your problems get more serious.
3. Emotional changes
Physical tiredness is easier to cope with than with the emotional. Burning out at work or in the family, you start experiencing mood changes. They may manifest through aggressive behavior, increased irritability, nervousness, restlessness or vice versa, you may get overemotional, phlegmatic and detached.
4. Physical and mental health problems
Sooner or later overload will affect your health condition. Excess of the hormone of stress may trigger cardiovascular issues, migraine, depression, troubles with gastrointestinal tract and lots of other potentially hazardous ailments.
5. Worsening of intimate life
Being too tired or stressed out, you lose interest in sex. In males, burning out may result in various sexual problems starting with the loss of libido, ending with impotence. Furthermore, some other symptoms of exhaustion, both emotional and physical, may add to the problems in bed. Depression, irritation, and nervousness may affect your relations with a partner. Hence, you may face problems in the family.
6. Lack of motivation
When you start noticing that even the things you were passionate about (like your job or hobby) are not interesting for you anymore, you have to take a rest. Low motivation and apathy are common signs of exhaustion.
7. Troubles with concentration
Emotional exhaustion and fatigue don’t let you concentrate on things. You become forgetful and absentminded. You may forget what you were about to do even though you knew it a moment ago. Loss of concentration is among the “first bells” of burning out.
8. Frequent colds
When your organism works on the edge of its possibilities, so does your immune system. Over time, as you get more exhausted, you start catching colds more often. Having a runny nose or a cough may become your usual condition.
9. Weight loss
Continuous overload can influence your nourishment. At first, you just don’t have time to eat, but later you don’t feel hungry. A cup of coffee in the morning may become your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your body has no source of energy, that’s why it starts burning extra fat.
10. Detachment from reality
Getting to this stage means that the resources of your organism are almost exhausted. If you “turn off” like a computer every time you sit or lie down, you have to take a break. Being physically present in the room, you may not hear what the people are talking about because you are somewhere else in your dreams.