Five Signs Of Work Burnout Women In Chicago Should Watch Out For

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Burnout is a super common concern for tons of people in the workforce. Hours are getting longer, and companies want to hire fewer people for more work. And, we put a strong value on the idea that you’re only acceptable if you’re always productive. But this kind of thinking leads to someone burning out and taking a lot of mental and physical damage in the process.

How do I know if I am dealing with burnout?

Since we like to praise and normalize everything surrounding burnout it can be hard to identify when you’re in it. This article lays out some signs of burnout that women living in the Chicago area should be aware of. If you’re experiencing these signs and feel that you’re struggling, reach out for help. It doesn’t always have to be like this. There are ways to work while having boundaries and taking care of yourself.

Signs Of Burnout in Women

1. Loss Of Productivity

Burnout comes from working too hard or too long, right? So why would a loss of productivity be a sign? If you’re not being productive, that means you need to work harder, right?


Wrong! Stop, do not pass GO.

Think about burnout like driving a car running on empty. You may have been able to drive it a little longer than you should have, but when the tank is empty, it’s empty. You have nothing left to give. You try to keep giving because the world, in general, doesn’t accept burnout and exhaustion as reasons to stop, but you hit the bottom of your reserves and there’s nowhere to go from there.

If you’re burnt out, you’re not going to have the energy to do what you need to at work. You’re not going to be able to get as much done around the house because it’s everything you can do just to get through your day. If you feel yourself becoming slower and less efficient at work, it’s a sign you need to engage in some self-care and take care of your mental health.

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2. Isolation

There are millions of people in Chicago, and tons of great things to do. But if you’re burnt out, you’re not going to want to engage with any of it. You might have a favorite weekend activity, or you might really value spending time with friends. When you’re burnt out, all that changes.

Think about that gas tank again. You’re driving on nothing, and even spending time with the people you love requires some internal fuel. And at a certain point, even if those people would help you fill up, you get so tired that you don’t even want to do that anymore. If you’re burnt out from work, more energy can start to feel like a bad thing; it means more work that you can’t handle. Burnout requires longer recovery, and just giving yourself a day to relax isn’t going to do it.

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3. Sleep Issues

Our nighttime routines are sort of the canaries in the coal mine; they tell us when something’s off. If you’re working yourself down to the bone, and then can’t sleep when you come home, it’s one of the big signs something’s not right.

You might have trouble sleeping because you have too much on your mind about work. Or it might be hard because you’re too burnt out to deal with things outside of work, so the house/family is falling apart. Whatever the specifics are, your brain is working too hard, and your mental health will suffer if you don’t care for yourself.

Sleep is hugely important. It regulates our emotions, helps our internal body systems function properly, and energizes us to deal with our day. And a lack of sleep is associated with poor health and unbalanced moods. That will happen even if you’re not burnt out, so you can imagine how much worse it gets when you’re burnt out and not sleeping.

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4. Body Aches

We’ve written before about how anxiety comes with physical symptoms that don’t seem connected. Burnout does the same thing. Working 12-hour days and taking on unreasonable projects might not directly damage your body, but stress and anxiety have very real physical effects.

If you’re burnt out, you might experience joint pain, muscle stiffness, digestion issues, and any number of other issues that we associate with anxiety and stress. You can ease your discomfort, but the only way to deal with these issues is to take better care of your mind, and rest. If you’re dealing with body pain and no one can find the cause, it’s a good idea to look at your commitments and working environment to see if the problem’s lurking in there.

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5. Depression

This is the symptom a lot more people know about, even if they don’t recognize it when it’s happening. If you’re burnt out, you’re going to have a hard time. Your mood will be low, and you’ll find that you’re constantly tired. The things you love will bring less joy, and you might find yourself getting really sad or angry at the drop of a hat. This is depression, and it’s a serious condition you need to treat.

We really normalize the idea that you don’t need to be happy at work, that working tons of overtime and crying at your desk is just the expected thing to do. But it’s not normal and it’s not okay. You deserve to be happy and fulfilled at your job, and you deserve to work in a place that uplifts you instead of wearing you down.

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Online Therapy in Chicago, IL For Women Experiencing Work Stress and Burnout

If you’re a woman in Chicago who’s struggling with the issues mentioned in this blog, you can reach out for therapy with Marble Wellness. We are a mental health team of highly trained Chicago-based therapists who specialize in women's burnout and want to help you regain your life. You deserve happiness and fulfillment, and we can help you get to a place where you can find it.

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