29 March 2021 posted by Recovery Partners

Feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious? You may be experiencing burnout

The past year has been full of challenges and change. Covid-19 has sent us into lockdown, separated us from loved ones and completely altered the way we work. Although it is normal to feel some stress amidst of these changes, it is important to check in with yourself and ensure that the stress you are experiencing is not taking a toll on your health.

Burnout is a state of prolonged emotional, physical and mental exhaustion due to ongoing stress. Reaching a state of burnout is a gradual process, which is why you may not notice it early on. Take a look at the symptoms below to see if you are experiencing burnout.

Signs and Symptoms of Burnout

Physical Signs and Symptoms of Burnout

  • Lowered immunity
  • Frequent illness
  • Headaches or muscle pain
  • Exhaustion
  • Change in appetite
Mental Signs and Symptoms of Burnout
  • Increased anxiety or depression
  • Feeling drained
  • Losing motivation
  • Feeling pessimistic
  • Loneliness
  • Feeling a sense of failure
  • Decreased satisfaction
Behavioural Signs and Symptoms of Burnout
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Ignoring responsibilities
  • Using substances as coping mechanisms
  • Skipping work
  • Procrastinating more than usual
  • Disengaging from usual activities

If you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms, you may be enduring burnout. Fortunately, there is action you can take!


Mindfulness can ease burnout and improve your mental and physical health. Take the 5-minute Burnout Quiz and get some quick tips and tricks to improve your wellbeing. Remember, mindfulness is a form of scientifically proven, practical neuroscience. Implementing simple mindfulness tools in your life can boost your wellbeing and improve your overall quality of life.

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