Identify And Avoid Signs Of Burnout With This Infographic

Identify And Avoid Signs Of Burnout With This Infographic

We’ve discussed how dangerous burnout can be and what you can do about it in the past. If you need a simple refresher, this infographic from the folks at The Simple Dollar does a great job of distilling the basics into an easy-to-read visual.

This infographic does a great job of outlining some common symptoms of burnout, like depression, insomnia and frequent illness. It leaves off resentment, but that could be a cause and not so much a symptom.

Either way, once you’ve recognised the signs of depression, the infographic does have some concrete suggestions for you, namely making sure you get enough sleep each night, working out and making it a habit, and remembering to take your breaks and holidays. That last tip is one we can’t overstate enough; breaks and holidays are critical, and they give you a chance to recharge, cool off, and slowly recover from the building fatigue and resentment that comes with any job, even if you love what you do.

How do you keep burnout at bay? Is it all about taking holidays at the right time, or do you have another technique that has served you well? Let’s hear it in the comments below.

6 Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout [The Simple Dollar]


  • I just burnt out myself actually. Took 2 weeks holiday every 6 months (roughly), but:
    – Worked 70 hours a week for 18 months
    – Forgot about myself stopped excercising
    – Gained 10 kilos,
    – Skipped lunch/ate at my desk everyday
    – Succumbed to the all too common “Always On” phenomenon – smart phone that could be reached 24hrs a day by staff and collegues, checking email at the dinner table etc.

    Quit just last week actually. Anybody need a good staff member? 😛

  • The ‘Always Connected’ thing is a major problem, I know from experience.

    Its difficult just to ‘Disconnect’ from the world one day; You need to take small steps.

    I started with turning my phone & iPad onto aeroplane mode when I went to bed. Them moved up to doing the same thing, but putting them in my desk draw before I slept. Further to that, I would ‘disconnect’ and hour before bed, then work up to two hours, three hours etc.

    I then started going to bed earlier. Instead o f midnight – 1am, I was getting to sleep at 10:30 and waking up totally refreshed.

  • I suffered a yearly 2 week burnout period while I was studying my degree at UNI.
    During my Degree I was studying full time, Working full time and paying a mortgage. Every year come mid semester break I would take 2 weeks off work to have a break from both and straight away I would get sick with a flu / cold / illness.
    Even though it was a tough time I can say i’m better for it. I learnt exactly what my body could take physically and mentally. I guess in my case it wasn’t how to avoid burnout but how to deal with it.

  • Great tips for leading a healthy lifestyle…. A lot of people these days are running on adrenaline, i.e. they’re in what some people might call “fight or flight” mode. Adrenaline is meant to help us fight off an attacker or run from danger, but people are getting so little sleep and working so hard that they end up in that mode at work or even at home. When you are there, anything can tip you over the edge, and you may think you’ve been working efficiently but you could be just about to crash in a major way from even a minor stimulus (the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back). I know, I’ve been there. It’s not nice.

  • I find that meditating in green spaces does it for me, because it pushes me to relax and reflect inward. I have tried different meditation techniques and now work with guided meditation CDs from Belleruth Naparstek because they are portable and I find they work for me. Yoga is another option that works for me, I think because it helps me focus on my breathing, which is the first thing that goes amiss when I am stressed out.

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