In modern times, with rising costs and wages that still don’t always make the cut, it can become difficult not to get caught up in a cycle of overworking. However, overworking often leads to burnout, which can wreak havoc on your health.
Oftentimes, in the case of someone who is overworked, it’s not something that was intended. We want to be our best possible selves at work, the boss asks us to work over here and there, we miss a few off days, and before you know it, you feel like you are falling apart.
If you are beginning to feel like this could be you, it may be time to take a break. If you are wondering what the health-related concerns are, in regards to burnout, here are 8 red flags to keep an eye out on.
1. You are always tired, and your sleep schedule is a wreck.
When your work schedule becomes so intense that you find it impossible to get the right amount of sleep regularly, it will leave you feeling drained. Of course, a few nights with less than perfect sleep hours is one thing, but when this becomes your regular schedule due to overworking, it’s a bad sign.
2. You have unexplained headaches.
Excessive fatigues, stress, frustration, and high blood pressure are all things that happen when we become overworked. And the longer we have to deal with these bodily stressors, the more likely it is that we are going to end up with stress headaches.
3. Your stomach is constantly in knots from stress.
Another major red flag is stomach issues. When we are constantly overworked, and not getting enough rest, our bodily response is to release stress hormones. And these hormones can cause our stomach to become very messed up.
4. Your resting heart rate is higher than it should be.
Dr. Michael Jonesco, who works in sports medicine at the Ohio University Wexner Medical Center, spoke with Bustle and explained that “elevated stress hormones work because they maximize your body’s potential. One of the ways it does so is by increasing heart rate (which enables it to pump more blood to our peripheral tissues). Our baseline heart rate should vary little on a day-to-day basis.”
5. You are missing periods.
Another tell-tell sign of being overworked is when you end up missing periods. The reason for this is when we aren’t getting the rest we need, our body often responds by cutting back on various functions. If you are missing your periods due to stress, it’s time to make some changes.
6. You feel weak.
Kevin O’Connell, a Certified personal trainer, and coach explains that when we are overworking our bodies and minds, it can make it more difficult for us to recover. In turn, we may find it hard to lift things that once were easy for us or to move our bodies the way that we should.
7. You have trouble concentrating.
Brain fog is another symptom of being burned out from being overworked. If you find that you cannot keep up with tasks that once were no problem for you to keep up with, or that you simply cannot concentrate, you are likely burned out from overwork.
8. You are experiencing hair loss.
Stress hormones do a number on the human body. Perhaps one of the most notable signs is when your hair begins falling out. Such hair loss is often noticeable in the shower, on your pillow, or just in general, you may notice your hair thinning out. This is not a good sign and means something in your lifestyle needs to be adjusted.