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8 signs you’re burning out (and what to do about it)

In Features, Mind Health, Motherhood, Stories, Wellness by Nicole Fuge

Are you feeling frazzled, overwhelmed, and just plain exhausted? These are some of the warning signs you’re burning out, babe.

By Charlotte Cruz

Burnout is a common issue among busy mums. But the good news is, you’re not alone. And there are ways to overcome it. Let’s dive into the signs of burnout and how you can reclaim your energy and vitality.


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1. Constant Exhaustion

Are you perpetually tired, no matter how much sleep you get? Burnout can leave you feeling drained both physically and emotionally. If you find yourself struggling to get out of bed in the morning or constantly reaching for caffeine to keep you going, it might be time to address your burnout.

2. Lack of Motivation

Do you find it hard to muster up the energy to do even the things you used to enjoy? Burnout can zap your motivation, making it difficult to find pleasure in activities you once loved. If you’re feeling apathetic or indifferent towards things that used to excite you, it could be a sign that burnout is taking its toll.

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3. Increased Irritability

Are you snapping at your kids or partner more often than usual? Burnout can make you feel on edge and easily irritated by even the smallest things. If you find yourself reacting disproportionately to minor inconveniences or feeling agitated for no apparent reason, it’s a red flag that your stress levels are too high.

4. Difficulty Concentrating

Do you struggle to focus on tasks or find yourself easily distracted? Burnout can impair your cognitive function, making it hard to concentrate and retain information. If you’re finding it increasingly challenging to stay on top of your to-do list or remember important details, it could be a sign that your burnout is affecting your mental clarity.

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5. Physical Symptoms

Are you experiencing unexplained headaches, muscle tension, or stomach problems? Burnout can manifest in a variety of physical symptoms, as your body reacts to prolonged stress. If you’re frequently feeling under the weather or noticing aches and pains that you can’t attribute to a specific cause, it’s worth considering whether burnout could be playing a role.

6. Withdrawal from Social Activities

Do you find yourself avoiding social gatherings or cancelling plans with friends? Burnout can lead to feelings of isolation and a desire to withdraw from social interactions. If you’re prioritising alone time over spending time with loved ones or finding excuses to avoid social commitments, it might be a sign that you’re struggling with burnout.

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7. Neglecting Self-Care

Are you putting your own needs on the back burner in favour of taking care of everyone else? Burnout can make it difficult to prioritise self-care activities like exercise, healthy eating, and relaxation. If you’re neglecting your own wellbeing in favour of meeting the demands of others, it’s important to recognise that self-care is not selfish and make time for yourself.

8. Perfectionism

Do you set impossibly high standards for yourself and beat yourself up when you fall short? Burnout can be exacerbated by perfectionism, as you constantly strive to meet unrealistic expectations. If you’re feeling like nothing you do is ever good enough or constantly criticising yourself for perceived failures, it’s time to cut yourself some slack and practice self-compassion.

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Now that you’re aware of the signs of burnout, what can you do about it? The first step is to acknowledge that burnout is a real issue that requires attention and care. Reach out to friends, family, or a healthcare professional for support, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

In addition to seeking support from others, it’s important to prioritise self-care and make time for activities that replenish your energy and nourish your soul. Whether it’s taking a long bath, going for a walk in nature, or spending quality time with loved ones, find what brings you joy and make it a priority in your life.

Finally, remember that overcoming burnout is a journey, not a quick fix. Be patient with yourself and celebrate small victories along the way. With time, self-care, and support from those around you, you can overcome burnout and reclaim your zest for life. You’ve got this!

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