Today on Talk Therapy we are discussing common signs of burnout and how to avoid it.

Here are some common signs of burnout:

  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • A negative attitude about work, etc.
  • Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, coffee, or drugs
  • Negative self-concept
  • Aggressive feelings
  • Psychosomatic illness
  • Absenteeism or poor performance
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Guilt
  • Passive feelings

The best way to avoid burnout is to prevent it all together. The following questions can help with self-assessment:

  • Ask yourself difficult questions about how you are. My favorite question to ask friends and clients is, “how is your heart?”.
  • The more honestly you can answer these questions, the better prepared you will be to make changes, as necessary.
  • Utilize this self-care assessment form
  • Try these self-care ideas
  • Don’t forget, self-care is a multi-dimensional aspect of ourselves. Look at this wellness wheel and see where you may be deficient.
signs of burnout

Check out these videos on self-care & emotions:

Finally, be sure to listen in to the short podcast episode above.

I am always cheering for you.

Rachael Joy





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