Listen Now: Watch Out For These Burnout Warning Words
Wonder if you’re burning out? The answer is on your lips.
According to Forbes, the words we use say a lot about what we’re feeling. And whether we say them out loud or to ourselves, there are some that will signal when it’s time for a break.
For example, exhausted or fried. Being exhausted is more than a lack of sleep. It means you’re running on empty.
Another key word: unproductive or feeling like you aren’t accomplishing anything. When you’re achieving goals you aren’t going to grumble about feeling useless. But when you’re burned out you feel like you are getting nowhere with your day.
Then there’s the word can’t. Words like “can’t” or “unable” mean you are feeling an internal loss of control. You think that no matter what you do you won’t be able to improve your current situation. Then there’s “impossible.” When you’re feeling good you might describe a task as “challenging” or “exciting.” When you’re burned out everything becomes impossible.
Finally, everyone’s favorite,“meh.” Everyone is entitled to a “meh” day but when it becomes your standard response, consider a change.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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