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5 subtle signs you’re headed for burnout

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Workplace burnout has become an increasing phenomenon since the pandemic, says Dr. Christopher Valerian, chief medical officer for Uprise Health, a digital mental health service provider. “Surveys have consistently reported that 50–70% of respondents show some signs of burnout during the pandemic,” he says. “While these statistics vary by industry and job function, they all agree that these data are increased from pre-pandemic levels.”

Once you stop ignoring them, these major symptoms are easy to spot. But there are more subtle signs that indicate you’re on the path to burnout. If you catch them early enough, you can take steps to minimize the impact. Here are five to look for.

1. NEGATIVE EXPECTATIONS

It’s one thing to be easy on yourself during a challenge, but when those thoughts turn into feelings of incompetence, you may be headed toward burnout, says Samantha Gambino, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist.

“You feel inefficient and start to lose confidence in yourself and your ability to do your job,” she says. “It is hard to complete tasks that are part of your role. Your productivity drops, and you do not feel like it is something you can turn around. All of this leads to feeling down on yourself, because you know this is not who you are and not who you want to be.”


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