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5 Warning Signs of Burnout and How to Catch Them Early On

Hello everyone!

This month, we will talk about an important topic for everyone — burnout. It’s a critical aspect of our modern lives that often goes unaddressed until it's too late. 

Recognising the early signs of burnout can help us take proactive steps to prevent it and maintain our health and happiness now and in the future.

Let's have a look at what burnout means, then explore the warning signs and how to catch them early on. We’ll also cover how to look after yourself to prevent burnout in the future.


Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.

It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. Unlike a stressful day here and there, burnout infiltrates every aspect of your life, leaving you feeling hopeless, helpless, cynical, and resentful. 

The first step towards tackling burnout is acknowledging its existence. 

For example, you might have chronic fatigue, insomnia, forgetfulness, and a persistent sense of failure and self-doubt.

These can serve as your initial indicators that it's time to slow down and reassess your lifestyle and priorities.

What are the 5 warning signs of burnout?  

It’s not only these five. But these are the most common.

1. Feeling exhausted most of the time

If you are constantly feeling fatigued and lacking energy not just physically but also mentally, it could be a sign of burnout. 

This kind of exhaustion feels as if no amount of sleep or rest can replenish your energy levels.

2. Being irritable with those around you 

Whether it’s family or co-workers, your patience is wearing thin much faster than usual when you’re on the verge of burnout.

3. Lack of satisfaction from your achievements

If you find that your achievements at work or in other areas of life no longer bring you satisfaction or joy, it might signal burnout. 

This can come in the form of disillusion with what you’re doing or feeling indifferent about what you’ve accomplished.

4. Difficulty concentrating 

If you’re having trouble focusing on tasks, making decisions, or noticing a decline in your productivity, you could be burnt out. 

5. Detachment or isolation from others

Another warning sign of burnout is hiding away from social interactions, both in the workplace and in personal life. 

This might manifest in avoiding conversations, meetings, or social engagements that you would typically like or want to attend.


We can’t forget anxiety when it comes to burnout. It often walks hand in hand with burnout, manifesting as a constant, relentless worry about the future, your capabilities, or how others perceive you. 

You might find yourself overthinking minor issues, struggling with decision-making, or experiencing physiological symptoms such as increased heart rate, gastrointestinal problems, or shortness of breath. 

If you recognise the symptoms of anxiety early, it can stop them from escalating further and help you address the root causes effectively. 

Why not try mindfulness practices like mindful breathing or meditation, it can be a wonderful starting point to manage anxiety and reduce the overwhelming sensation it brings.

How do I prevent burnout?

There are plenty of ways you can start today that can help treat and prevent burnout.


Self-care is not a luxury, but a necessity, especially in our fast-paced world that often leaves little room for personal time. 

It is important in preventing and addressing burnout and anxiety, acting as a stabilising force that brings you back to your centre. 

Self-care manifests in various forms—whether it's allotting time for hobbies, practising yoga, having a massage, or simply spending quiet moments with yourself. 

The essence of self-care lies in doing activities that rejuvenate your spirit, nourish your body, and calm your mind. 

Remember, investing time in self-care is not selfish; it's essential for your overall well-being.

There are various types of self-care, and they are all things you can start today. Let’s have a look at the different types of self-care.

Physical self-care 

Try regular exercise like yoga, walking, cycling, or gym workouts to improve your health and reduce stress.

Emotional self-care

Get into journaling. Writing down thoughts and feelings to understand your emotional patterns can help you understand yourself better.

Mental self-care

Reading books or articles on topics you find interesting can provide relaxation and mental stimulation

Social self-care

Setting boundaries. Learning to say no and setting clear limits to maintain a healthy work-life balance and social interactions.

Spiritual self-care

Connect with nature. Spending time in nature can foster a sense of peace and a deeper connection to the external world. 

Professional self-care

Taking courses or workshops can help you to enhance your work skills and prevent stagnation. 


Relaxation goes beyond taking a brief pause; it's about engaging in practices that deeply soothe your nervous system and alleviate stress. 

Techniques such as guided relaxation, aromatherapy massages, and Ayurvedic practices tailored to your dosha (body type) can be profoundly calming and restorative. 

Adding relaxation practices to your daily routine not only helps in immediate stress relief but also strengthens your resilience against future stressors.

Try giving your mind a spring clean and feel stress and worries melt away.

Allow yourself the permission to relax; your body, mind, and soul will thank you for it.

Stress reduction

Stress reduction is crucial to circumventing the path leading to burnout. 

It’s about creating a sustainable lifestyle that supports your mental, emotional, and physical health. 

Begin by setting healthy boundaries:

  • Learn to say no

  • Delegate tasks

  • Understand that you can't—and don't have to—do everything yourself. 

Embrace things that reduce stress, such as spending time in nature, practising deep breathing exercises, or being physically active. 

Consider adding Ayurvedic herbs known for their stress-reducing properties into your diet. 


Ashwagandha is widely acclaimed as a potent rejuvenating herb within Ayurvedic medicine. Known for its ability to suppress cortisol, the body's stress hormone, it effectively reduces stress and anxiety. 

It’s also beneficial in alleviating depression and improving sleep patterns.


Brahmi, a revered herb in Ayurvedic medicine, has long been celebrated for its therapeutic benefits. 

Known to enhance cognitive abilities, it also offers relief to those grappling with anxiety and related concerns.

Its antioxidant properties contribute to managing chronic conditions, including diabetes and cancer.


This herb is also known as holy basil or Tulsi. It's celebrated for instilling a sense of tranquillity and has been recognized for its effectiveness in helping stress and anxiety. 

In conclusion

Remember, reducing stress is about small, consistent steps towards a more balanced and harmonious life and connection to yourself.

As you can see, recognising the early signs of burnout and addressing them with kindness and understanding towards yourself can transform you or someone you care about's well-being. 

Try integrating changes in your life and embracing mindfulness, self-care, relaxation, and stress management. If you have any of these symptoms, taking steps now to navigate away from burnout can help you reach a life of balance, peace, and vitality. 

Always remember, the goal is not to achieve perfection, but to cultivate a compassionate relationship with yourself.

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