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  • Writer's pictureJustin Tilghman, Ph.D.

10 Signs You're Experiencing Burnout

Updated: Apr 8, 2023

Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion often caused by prolonged and excessive stress. It can happen to anyone, from students to working professionals, and it's important to recognize the signs before it takes a toll on your mental and physical health. Here are 10 signs that you're experiencing burnout.


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  1. Chronic fatigue: One of the most common signs of burnout is feeling exhausted, even after getting enough sleep. You may feel like you're running on fumes, and simple tasks can feel like they require too much energy.

  2. Reduced productivity: If you're feeling burnt out, you may notice that your productivity levels have decreased. You may struggle to concentrate on tasks or feel like you're not achieving as much as you used to.

  3. Lack of motivation: Feeling unmotivated is another sign of burnout. You may not feel like doing the things that used to bring you joy, such as hobbies or socializing.

  4. Difficulty concentrating: If you're experiencing burnout, you may find it hard to focus on tasks and feel easily distracted. This can make it difficult to get work done or complete tasks efficiently.

  5. Increased irritability: Burnout can make you feel more irritable or impatient than usual. You may find yourself snapping at people or getting angry over small things.

  6. Physical symptoms: Burnout can cause physical symptoms, such as headaches, muscle pain, and digestive issues. You may also experience a weakened immune system, making you more susceptible to illness.

  7. Decreased satisfaction: Feeling unfulfilled and dissatisfied is a common sign of burnout. You may feel like you're not achieving your goals or that your work doesn't have meaning.

  8. Isolation: When experiencing burnout, you may isolate yourself from others. You may not feel like socializing or spending time with friends and family.

  9. Increased negativity: Burnout can make you feel more negative or cynical than usual. You may have negative thoughts or feelings about yourself, others, or the world around you.

  10. Decreased self-care: When you're feeling burnt out, it can be challenging to prioritize self-care. You may not be eating well, getting enough exercise, or getting enough sleep.

If you're experiencing one or more of these signs, addressing them quickly is essential. Seeking help from a life coach can be an effective way to manage burnout. I can work with you to identify the root cause of your burnout and provide you with tools and strategies to overcome it, like setting healthy boundaries.


If you're experiencing burnout, you're not alone. It's a real and common problem that can affect anyone. Recognizing the signs early can help prevent them from taking a toll on your mental and physical health.


Reach out to me today, and let me help you move from burnout to balance in the next 90 days!


P.S. - I'd love to hear from you. What are some other signs of burnout that you've heard of that might be helpful to share with others?

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Justin is a Board Certified Advanced Life Coach with the Board of Christian Life Coaching, a division of the International Board of Christian Care and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has demonstrated knowledge and application of biblical integration in coaching, the ICCA and ICF Core Competencies, the Code of Ethics, and the ICF definition of coaching.

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Justin is a Board Certified Master Mental Health Coach with the Board of Mental Health Coaching, a division of the International Board of Christian Care and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has demonstrated knowledge and application of biblical integration in providing ethical and competent mental health coaching.

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