Sign No. 1: Your co-workers are walking on eggshells around you.
If you find yourself becoming cranky and irritable with co-workers you used to get along with, it may be more than just typical interpersonal dynamics.
Sign No. 2: You come in late and want to leave earlier.
You used to wake up in the morning excited for another day, but now every day you dread heading into the office. Once lunch passes you start watching the clock, counting the minutes to the end of the day.
Sign No. 3: Apathy has replaced enthusiasm.
You feel no motivation, no sense of accomplishment and have no desire to be challenged. Those who have burnout lose their motivation to perform, as well as their feelings of pride for a job well done.
Sign No. 4: You've lost camaraderie with co-workers.
You're no longer interested in the company network. You used to go to lunch, go out for drinks and participate in other company functions but now have no desire in socializing in or out of the office.
Sign No. 5: You're feeling physically sick.
You always feel exhausted, have headaches, feel tension in all of your muscles and are having trouble sleeping. These physical signs are common indicators of job stress, and demonstrate that this can turn into a physical problem.
Now this is what I have done when I experienced burn out.
I take a drive and find some nature. I look at the colors of the outdoors, flowers, and plants. I look at how they interact with each other and how the color compliment each other. (ok, I am a colorist so this helps).
Another thing to do is find a good friend and take a day off and blow off some steam. Hang out with you family, forget about work it will be there later.
Laugh, sing with the music, hug your kids and really be in the moment. How am I suppose to be in the moment? Did you know that while you are listening to music you are in the moment. Think about it! You pay attention to the music, the words, the beat....in the moment. Stop and think about what you are doing and make an effort to pay attention and be...in...the...moment.
Maybe you need to change locations? Perhaps, look at yourself and see if you are the problem? Be sure not to point your finger at everyone else, you may be the issue.....hmmm.... I have been the issue many times. Not easy to see yourself projecting, undermining, sabotaging, and acting a mess.
Good luck and get out of burn out, you can and you will.