Warning signs of burnout

Let's talk about burnout, why you're exhausted, and how to get more energy.
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IN a nutshell
Hello, and happy Monday! How'd you sleep? If you're anything like me, you might be exhausted no matter how many Zzz's you catch. Today, we're digging into why that is, starting with these signs you're headed toward burnout and ways to cope.
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Be well,
Morgan Mandriota
Newsletter Editor, Healthline
  Written by Morgan Mandriota
May 22, 2023 • 4 min read
Warning signs you're about to join the burnout club
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Warning signs you're about to join the burnout club
Let's define burnout. It's the deep exhaustion of those who live with high stress for an extended period. It's often caused by work, but it can happen to parents, caregivers, people with chronic illness, and anyone else who's consistently dealing with stressful situations.

What does burnout look like? It takes many forms, but here are five of the most common signs:
  • Irritability: Mood shifts may be your first sign of early stage burnout. Increased frustration or cynicism can lead to focus and relationship challenges.
  • Exhaustion: Feeling mentally overwhelmed can take its toll on your physical body, ultimately leading to fatigue.
  • Lack of motivation: Do you dread chores, responsibilities, and work tasks? Are your days becoming more difficult to get through?
  • Sleep issues: Not sleeping well (or enough) can lead to burnout, but burnout can also contribute to sleep issues. It's a vicious, sleepless cycle.
  • Changes in appetite: Your eating habits may be affected by burnout, too. You crave comfort foods, eat more snacks, or you've lost your appetite entirely.

OK, I think I'm burnt out. Now what? Support is available! Advocate for your needs in the workplace or wherever else you could use a hand. Practicing self-care and talking with a therapist can also help you manage your stress levels to feel better.

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Always tired? Here's a list of reasons that might explain why
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Always tired? Here's a list of reasons that might explain why
Raise your hand if you want to take a nap most days. *raises hand* Fatigue can happen if you're not getting enough solid sleep, of course, but what if you're sleeping just fine and you still feel tired?

Here are seven potential reasons why you're always tired:
nutrient deficiencies
certain medical conditions
certain medications
chronic stress
consuming too much caffeine
not drinking enough water
a sedentary lifestyle
Once you figure out the underlying cause, you can take steps to beat fatigue. If you need help identifying why it's happening, speak with a doctor to seek a diagnosis or treatment plan that's right for you.

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Which vitamins help turn food into energy?
B vitamins!
Vitamin B is responsible for key roles within the body, especially when it comes to energy conversion. Vitamin B12, in particular, helps transform what you eat into fuel for your cells.

If you're an older adult, vegan, or someone with a gastrointestinal disorder, you might be at risk of a B12 deficiency, which can lead to fatigue. Optimizing your diet and taking supplements may help you balance your levels to gain more energy during the day.

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