The possibility of working from home doesn’t provide relief as now you feel that you can spend the whole night working, and that still won’t be enough to catch up on pilled-up work. People count on you, and there are so many decisions to make and things to deliver, and the pressure is enormous.
You began to worry that you perhaps lost what it takes to do the job. And it hurts, especially that you sacrificed so much to be where you are now career-wise, and you liked what you do!
You are trying to make sure everything goes well, but it’s overwhelming. You feel irritable, and that influences your relationship with colleagues and your family. Perhaps your significant other stopped proposing any activities as they know it’s pointless, as you always decline.
And you don’t know who to talk to as you are afraid to look as if you ‘cannot handle the pressure.’
It feels lonely.
So you try to carry on as long as possible, hoping to find a solution somehow.
You are not alone. Burnout touches a significant number of people in high-impact jobs, as well as caregivers (they rarely mention that because of the fear of judgment) and people working in environments that are not optimized.
It’s crucial that you talk about your feelings because if you burn out, it may take up to two years to recover.
You cannot operate on burnout.