Many young professionals are experiencing job burnout before they even turn 30. Job burn out can be described as an extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance.

Left unchecked, burn out can wreak havoc on your health, happiness, relationships and job performance. In order to catch burn out and combat it early, it’s important to know what to look out for:


A clear sign of burnout is when you feel tired all the time. Exhaustion can be emotional, mental or physical. It’s the sense of not having any energy, of being completely spent.

Lack of motivation

When you don’t feel enthusiastic about anything anymore or you no longer have that internal motivation for your work, there’s a good chance you’re experiencing burnout. It may also be harder to get going in the morning and more difficult to drag yourself to work every morning.

Frustration, cynicism, and other negative emotions

You may feel like what you’re doing does not matter that much anymore, or you may be disillusioned with everything. You might notice that you feel more generally pessimistic than you used to. While everybody experiences some negative emotions from time to time, it is important to know when these are being unusual for you.

Slipping job performance

Not sure whether you’re burnt out? Compare your job performance now to your performance previous years. Burn out tends to happen over an extended period of time, taking this long term view might reveal whether you’re in a temporary slump or experiencing more chronic burnout.

Being preoccupied with work, when you’re not at work

If you’re expending metal energy mulling over your job even when you’re not working at a given moment, this means that your work is interfering with your ability to recover from the stresses of your day. In order to recover, you need time to yourself after the actual task stops, and time when you stop thinking about work altogether.

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