Burnout is something that can sneak up on you. You start off excited, motivated, and passionate about a new job, project, or activity. Then as time goes along, you realize that you are lacking motivation and may feel not just physically tired, but mentally and even emotionally tired more frequently than normal. You realize that your work-life balance is off, your stress levels have gone up, and what you once had a strong passion for, may be the very thing you now dread doing every day. Could it be that you are heading toward burnout?
Here are some warning signs that you may be reaching burnout:
Burnout can happen to anyone; however, it is more likely to happen to those who have more of a Type A personality, the overachievers, the perfectionists, the workaholics. Sometimes the most passionate people tend to burn the candle at both ends, and this can lead to burnout if they are not careful. Pay attention to the warning signs. Burnout does not happen suddenly or overnight. Any of the above may start off small or infrequent, but with time, they can become more chronic and leave you feeling burned out both professionally and personally.
Are you feeling like you are beginning to go down the path of burnout? My next blog will talk about what to do if you are and how to help prevent burnout from happening to you. Stay tuned.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.