Burnout is a common condition seen in individuals who work very long hours without any balance and those in high pressure work environments. It’s necessary to alert yourself to the warning signs of workplace burnout and take necessary steps to ensure you’re safe from burning out and are able to fully recover in case you’re already feeling burned out.
This is a simple checklist of items for you to take a self-test on your burnout status.
Answer the following questions honestly and with reflection. It’ll help you assess yourself and take necessary action if required. The scale is below:
1. Disagree 2. Partly disagree 3. Neither agree nor disagree 4. Partly agree 5. Agree
Workplace burnout self-test for self-care.
|I feel drained and exhausted all the time, even routine activities feel like an effort.|
|I don’t feel motivated and am losing interest in my work.|
|I feel like I am making no difference at work.|
|I am unable to focus on work and my productivity has dropped.|
|There is no work-life balance in my life.|
|I feel detached and don’t care about others.|
|I am always in a bad mood and highly irritable.|
|I feel like I have nobody to talk to.|
|I have trouble sleeping at night.|
|My appetite has reduced drastically.|
|10-20||You are not showing any signs of burnout.|
|21-30||There are some signs of burnout, unless some parts are very bad or severe.|
|31-35||Look out for the warning signs of burnout. You may be at risk, especially if many scores are high. Manage your stress proactively.|
|36-40||You may be on the verge of a burnout. Take some time to reflect, talk to a loved one and take action to ensure it doesn’t get worse.|
|41-50||You are at severe risk of burnout or may even be facing burnout. It’s okay, and we are glad you took this test! Please understand the steps you need to take to recover from a burnout and reduce your stress and anxiety. Speaking to a qualified expert will help.|
It’s important to look out for the warning signs of burnout, its symptoms and know how to recover from a burnout. Stress management is a very important skill to know, more so when we are living in a Covid world. Meditation, mindfulness and breathing techniques can also help you stay balanced and reduce your stress.
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