Burnout: 4 Signs That You Must Not Ignore!

Living through the pandemic has most certainly highlighted the complexity of work-life balance. Burnout, in fact, is a severe issue in the modern workplace. It’s estimated that 20% of people will experience burnout at some point in their lives, and that number will only increase as our jobs become more demanding and stressful.

Burnout happens when there is physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress in the workplace. It is characterized by hopelessness, cynicism, a lack of energy, decreased productivity and increased absenteeism.

The common signs of burnout include emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and decreased personal accomplishment. Emotional exhaustion refers to feeling drained and unable to cope with the job’s demands. Depersonalization refers to feeling detached from the job and a lack of engagement with colleagues and clients. A decrease in personal accomplishment refers to a lack of satisfaction and a sense of failure in the job.

 If you think your symptoms are those of burnout, here are four signs that should send up red flags:

  1. You feel exhausted for no reason.

You’re tired and have no energy or motivation to do anything. You may even have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. This is a sign that your body is telling you it’s time to take a break from work–but if this happens often, it could also be a sign of burnout!

  1. You find It hard to make decisions.

You have trouble making decisions, or you are indecisive. You may feel overwhelmed by all of the options available to you and end up procrastinating on taking action because of this. You might even avoid making a decision altogether because of this feeling of being stuck in a rut and unable to move forward with your life!

  1. You don’t care about anything anymore.

You are experiencing a lack of interest in all activities, including the ones that gave you pleasure. This lack of interest could be related to your job, health, relationships, or even your appearance. If you’re no longer interested in things that used to excite and inspire you, it may be time for a change of scenery or some self-care.

  1. Burnout can be hard on your health and happiness.

Long-term effects of burnout are stress, depression and other health problems are just some of the long-term effects of burnout. It may also affect your relationships with others and productivity at work.

What you can do to prevent burnout: If you’re experiencing any signs of burnout, you must address them before things get worse! An excellent first step is ensuring you have enough time for self-care in your daily routine–this could mean taking breaks throughout the day or through activities like exercise (or even just doing something fun). Finding a supportive environment, for instance, through spending time connecting with friends or family members who make you happy, is a beneficial step in the right direction.


Exhaustion and stress are a big part of burnout. It’s crucial to start thinking about achieving a work-life balance and preventing burnout. It is vital to set clear boundaries, engage in activities that promote well-being, prioritize and manage time effectively, seek support, and be mindful of one’s needs. Experiencing burnout can be hard on your health and happiness. It’s helpful to look into ways to achieve a work-life balance and prevent burnout effectively. It is equally important to take regular daily breaks to rest and recharge. Additionally, engaging in physical and mental activities that help with overall well-being, such as exercise, meditation, and spending time with loved ones, can help reduce stress and prevent burnout.

If you’re experiencing any of these signs, getting help as soon as possible is essential. Speaking to a mental health professional can help you learn positive coping mechanisms to deal with burnout symptoms effectively.

Take that first step, and our team at NOVA Psychology promises to be there for you!

If you’re looking for help in managing burnout-related symptoms, working with a psychologist may be helpful for you. At NOVA Psychology,, we offer counselling services in Edmonton. We specialize in individual counselling for grief & loss, stress and burnout, complex/developmental trauma, parenting issues, self-esteem and body image-related issues. We also provide counselling on LGBTQ+ Issues, gender and sexuality/gender identity, life transitions and personal growth & development-related issues. Contact us to learn more about our services or to book an appointment.