Burnout is no joke. The exhaustion isn’t just mental, but physical and emotional too – it messes with your health and your relationships. It’s the last thing you want and yet hustle culture will make you think that that’s how hard you need to work to be succeeding. It’s lies.
The art world is tough. And a lot of the time you’ll be made to feel like you’re not working hard enough, and that only the toughest of the tough can succeed. That’s nonsense and we promise you that ultimately your health and happiness comes first.
So, what signs should you be looking for that you’re nearing the edge of the burnout cliff?
Nothing feels fun anymore
You’re just feeling apathetic about pretty much everything. Work, seeing your friends, doing your hobbies, they all seem “meh”. You haven’t got the energy to engage with anything properly, so you’d rather be on your own.
You’re not able to switch off
You’re finding it impossible to stop scrolling social media, checking your emails, or working on projects. Work-time is seeping into your relaxation time and you’re constantly on edge, that if you pause for a minute you’ll miss something important.
Everything – not just your work – feels like it’s falling apart
You’ve been breaking down a lot, about the littlest of things. You’re completely exhausted, so it’s no wonder that your emotions are taking over. The feeling that your work is going badly might convince you to work even harder, pushing you deeper into burnout.
Your sleep is getting worse
Can’t sleep? You’ve been working into your relaxing time which has left you overtired and still switched on when it gets to bedtime.
Your skin is breaking out
Stress, being run down, and lack of sleep can all show up in your skin. Spots on your chin, cheeks, and forehead are all tell-tale signs that need to give yourself a break.
You have a headache/stomach-ache
Our emotions and stresses really do travel through our body. Physical tension is often symptomatic of emotional tension. Is it really just a stomach-ache?
You’re less productive
You feel really stressed, and like you’re working all the time, and yet you don’t seem to be getting anything done? Being burnt out will stop you working at full capacity, so even though you are pushing yourself to the limit, you’re nowhere near as productive as you are when you’re happy and healthy.
You’re lashing out
Been shouting at your partner more than usual? Little things really getting on your nerves? Your fuse feels a lot shorter than usual? You. Need. A. Break.
Author: Verity Babbs