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Burnout At Work – It Is More Dangerous Than You Thought And Here Is Why…

Burnout at work affects a lot of people – one study by Gallup found that over 60% of employees experience burnout at work. And it isn’t just people feeling burnt out all the time: 40% of people experience burnout occasionally, meaning they may not even know it’s happening. It not only hinders productivity at work but it makes life miserable. The problem, though, is that burnout can be hard to identify. It doesn’t show up with a neon sign or a like a big announcement on a loudspeaker. It creeps up on you, many times appearing as just having a rough day. 

Since identifying burnout at work as early as possible is the best way to avoid its nasty effects, look at the common signs that you may be burning out. Keep reading to see what those signs are and what you can do about them. 

Yawning more than usual

Yawning is a signal that you’re tired, but can also be a signal of burnout at work

Studies show yawning is contagious. When you see someone yawn, you’re more likely to yawn – even if you’re not tired. Yawning is also a natural human thing. We yawn mostly when tired or bored, but it can happen at any time. Yawning all the time, though, could be a signal that you’re burning out. 

When you yawn all the time, it’s your body’s way or showing that it’s tired or disengaged. It is often one of the first things you notice. You may feel fine or be interested in what’s going on, but be yawning all the time. 

If this happens, pay attention. Some people are “yawners” that yawn frequently for a variety of reasons. If you are someone who yawns a lot naturally, a couple extra ones may not be a problem. Further, there are many reasons why someone might be yawning a bit more than usual – it’s often that you’re simply tired. But if you suddenly find yourself yawning way more than usual, keep an eye out for potential burnout at work. 

What to do if you’re yawning way more than usual at work: If you’re suddenly yawning way more than usual, look for ways to get a bit more rest. This doesn’t necessarily mean sleeping more, though that’s a big way to address the problem. But it does mean finding some time to rest throughout the day. 

Some things you could try are:

Meditation

This could simply be closing your eyes and breathing deeply for 3-5 minutes. Some meditations are guided, others use music, and others are totally quiet. You don’t have to follow any form you don’t want to, and even a few minutes a day could help your brain rest and reset. 

Going for a walk

Believe it or not, a bit of physical activity helps you “rest”. It’s called “active rest” and it’s the idea that you do light activity to keep your body and mind moving, but not so much that it’s stressful. A short walk can help you reset your mind. 

Booking time between meetings

Days of back to back meetings can take their toll, leaving you tired all the time. Taking a break between meetings – even 5 minutes – can help your mind reset and get ready for the next conversation. 

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