I’m a doctor – here are 4 signs of burnout you must never ignore

BRITS are approaching midsummer.

Add to that weddings, picnics, parties and socializing—all of which can leave us feeling a little drained.

Burnout is an accumulation of stress that leaves us completely exhausted

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Burnout is an accumulation of stress that leaves us completely exhaustedCredit: Alamy
dr Julie Smith outlined the top four signs you're headed for burnout

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dr Julie Smith outlined the top four signs you’re headed for burnout

Not to mention work pressures, deadlines, and family commitments that can leave us feeling like we don’t have time for ourselves.

All this stress, accumulated over a long period of time, can lead to feelings of exhaustion – and this is commonly referred to as burnout.

In many cases, the condition can occur when you’re feeling completely drained and is often caused by your work, personal relationships, and commitments becoming too much.

A doctor has now revealed the four signs you should never ignore when it comes to the condition.

Posting on TikTok, Dr. Julie Smith, the first sign is that you have separated from the people around you.

She explained: “You may argue more with your partner or your friends.

“Number two is that more than ever you’re procrastinating and procrastinating on even the smallest of tasks because they now feel overwhelming.”

dr Smith said the third sign you’re headed for burnout is that your self-care routine has gone out the window.

She said this includes neglecting things like your diet, exercise routines and not getting enough sleep.

The fourth red flag, added Dr. Smith adds, is that you are physically and emotionally exhausted.

“You feel tired but wired and can’t sleep at night,” she added.

It’s important to note that burnout can manifest itself in different ways in people.

Life coach Selina Barker said while signs can vary, most people will experience complete and utter exhaustion.

In her book, Burnt Out: The Exhausted Person’s Six Step Guide to Thriving in a Fast-Paced World, she wrote that the broader signs of burnout also include a loss of compassion and focus.

She added that mistakes you wouldn’t normally make and doubts about your abilities are also key signs.

“These are all signs that your body has had enough. He wants you to stop and you have to listen.

“You have to treat this like you have a really bad flu – your priority now has to be rest.

Resources to help if you’re struggling with burnout

Burnout can feel isolating, but there are services that can help.

“Cancel your plans, turn off your phone. Talk to someone you love and let them know how you feel.

“If you’re in any way concerned about your mental health, don’t hesitate to speak to a professional,” she added.

If you’re struggling with burnout, the NHS says there are some things you can do to help address it.

This includes breaking down large tasks that are overwhelming into smaller projects that are more digestible.

Official guidelines state that you should also question your thoughts – because the way we think affects how we feel.

Medical professionals also say that you should plan ahead, be more active, and allow yourself positivity.

They added: “Trusted friends, family and colleagues or contacting a hotline can help us when we have problems.”

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Sarah Y. Kim

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