In this current semester, my workload are unusually high. In the last three months I often work from early morning and finished late night. I teach so many classes (On average, I teach 10 classes a week. In one particular busy week I had to teach 20 of them!). I also do two research project and have to supervises ten students. Some of them are ‘unique’ so I have to gave them more attention.
At the first month of the semester, I was fine. I am able to cope with all the job. However, in the past week, I found something wrong with my body and mind. I, strangely, don’t really care anymore about some of my job. I was very tired and sleep is not enough to vanquish it. I found my creativity dropped and my concentration is worse than ever. So, I decided to find out what is wrong with me on the Internet. And..
I think I am burned out.
Before we talk more about burnout, let we look at some definition of burnout:
Burnout is a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaustion and diminished interest in work. Burnout has been assumed to result from chronic occupational stress (e.g., work overload). – Wikipedia
There are many signs of burnout, some of them are:
- Negative attitude and thinking
- Feeling hopeless
- Lack of concentration
- Apathy towards your work, chores, and other tasks. Simple case: ignoring your mess and daily routine.
- Feelings of stagnation.
- A lack of interest in social activities.
- Unhealthy eating and exercise habbit.
- Feeling like you’re never doing enough.
- Neglecting your own need.
- Putting the needs of others ahead of your own.
- Personal values and beliefs lose their importance.
- Short temper.
- Constant exhaustion.
- Feelings of inefficacy.
- Feelings of detachment from what you care about.
- Psychosomatic complaints, such as headaches, lingering colds, and other issues with a cause that’s difficult to identify.
- The denial of these feelings. (At least I doesn’t have the last syndrome. )
So, what you do when you feels like this? Perhaps I will take a little break and reassess my life goals and hang out with my friends and family (I rarely saw them this semester).