In this blog, you will learn some signs to look out for to warn you when you are approaching the burn out zone.
Your mind wanders.
Now there are times when you can get frustrated and overwhelmed. Even in those times, it can be hard to focus and get clarity around what you need to do in various aspects of your life and business.
However, these moments are temporary. When poor focus, poor clarity and poor concentration appear to occur over a lengthy time and getting progressively worse, then you are becoming stressed and burned out.
You may find that it takes you 3 to 5 attempts just to read a paragraph, then you are unable to absorb the contents.
It can take you 2 or more times as long to complete common tasks. It can cause you to make costly mistakes.
Thus making you feel a lack of accomplishment and productivity. It can also lead to a feeling of incompetence, loss of enthusiasm and even depression.
“Can’t I do anything right?’’ might be a constant chorus in your head joining with the other verses of negative self talk.
It can really go downhill from there especially when compounded with the next sign of burnt out entrepreneurs.
Do you know what day it is?
Now it is not to say that you have a photographic memory and will never forget something. However, as you become stressed to the limit, your memory starts failing especially your short term memory.
You start forgetting where you parked your car or where you put your keys. It can become worse with time so that you forget how to perform simple tasks.
Some studies suggest that stress can change the brain structure and even shrink your brain. Being burned out and chronic stress can kill brain cells and directly affect your memory.
Even minor stress can affect your short term memory. That can definitely affect your performance and the next sign does not help much either.
Tiredness/Lack of Energy
Are you energized and ready to work?
You are exhausted, both physically, mentally and emotionally.
Whether it is a manifestation of stress or caused by poor sleep or a compromised immune system, you seem to lack energy or even enthusiasm to work on your business or anything in general.
Do you have to drag yourself out of bed every morning? Does that 24 hour day feel like there is no end?
That lacklustre attitude and low energy level make working your business an uphill battle-more than it already is. It takes a long time for you to get into the working mode.
The worse thing is that you threaten your health even more by using high sugar snacks or dangerous energy drinks to give you the short bursts of energy just to get through the day.
This is definitely a sign to pause for cause-REST.