7 Signs You’re Overworked And
Heading For A Burnout

Sharvani Chandvale

Sharvani Chandvale

The world is experiencing a transition in ‘how it works’. While most people really got the hang of working from home during the pandemic, some others could not wait to get back to the office. Even though workations did make a considerable impact on a large number of millennials, they did disrupt the work-life balance for some. For those who may not understand, work-life balance doesn’t have to be limited to having workweeks and weekends. It goes beyond definitions, encompassing every working individual’s need to make time for their work and personal life efficiently and consciously – something the pandemic took away from many. Regardless of whether you go back to the office or stay remote, how do you know whether you are being overworked? Here are some signs to look out for:

Never feeling rested

This is one of the easiest indicators of having too much work on your plate. While feeling like your work is crawling into your dreams once in a while is okay and reflects your excitement, it cannot be a constant feeling. If you feel like you cannot ever really mentally ‘log out’ and have to always be on your toes for emails, updates, starting new tasks and so on, it can weigh down on your mental health. Relaxation acts as a catalyst for efficiency and is non-negotiable no matter how you choose to work. Some common jobs that could enable this state are those of healthcare professionals, social media managers/content strategists and even therapists/psychiatrists to some extent. Your relaxation could be affected because you have taken too much on your plate and can never make enough time to get tasks done.

Physical symptoms of being overworked

The human body is a great way to understand mental exhaustion through the many physical symptoms it throws your way. Excessive hair fall, irregular appetite, lack of  sleep/restlessness, irregular/missed periods, and an overall feeling of weakness are some primary indicators. Psychological symptoms are almost always manifested into physical symptoms; keeping an eye out for the little things can go a long way in keeping you away from burnout.

Mental symptoms of being overworked

Overworking can lead to stress and consequent stress-related symptoms such as mood swings, brain fog, insomnia and even a lowered libido. If you are unable to get intimate because you are always too tired, distracted by work, stressed, moody and restless, it could be a sign that it’s time to take a step back. Deteriorating mental health and constant feelings of sadness, loss of interest, agitation, and frustration can be direct consequences of overworking.