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5 Warning Signs of Burnout and How to Catch Them Early

How do you detect burnout early?

In today's fast-paced world, burnout has become a widespread concern affecting people from all walks of life. The demands of work, family, and personal life can take a toll on our physical and mental well-being, often leading to burnout. Fortunately, recognising the early signs of burnout is the first step in preventing its debilitating effects. In this blog, I discuss five warning signs of burnout and offer tips on how to catch them early, along with how to naturally help you relax and rejuvenate.

Persistent Fatigue

One of the most common signs of burnout is persistent fatigue that doesn't seem to go away, even after a full night's sleep. You might find yourself feeling exhausted and lacking the energy to tackle daily tasks. This is a clear indicator that your body and mind are struggling to cope with the demands placed on them.
Early Catch: Prioritise rest and establish a healthy sleep routine. I like to use my Lavender & Orange Oil infused aromatherapy Pillow Mist -  this can help you achieve a peaceful night's sleep naturally.

Pillow Mist Deepest Sleep

Decreased Productivity

Another sign of burnout is a noticeable decline in productivity. You might find it challenging to concentrate on tasks or complete them as efficiently as you once did. This can lead to feelings of frustration and inadequacy.

Early Catch: Practice time management and prioritise your to-do list. I find applying an Essential Oil infused Roll On a wonderful pick me up to create a refreshing workspace that boosts your focus and productivity.

Emotional Exhaustion

Burnout often goes hand-in-hand with emotional exhaustion. You may feel irritable, moody, and emotionally drained. Over time, this can damage your personal and professional relationships.

Early Catch: Engage in stress-reducing activities, such as mindfulness Meditation or Yoga. Taking time out to have a relaxing bath with some soothing Bath Salts that can help you unwind and regain emotional balance.

Bath Saok

Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, and gastrointestinal issues can be warning signs of burnout. Chronic stress takes a toll on your body, leading to these discomforts.

Early Catch: Prioritise self-care through exercise, a balanced diet, and relaxation. I would also try to avoid too much screen time as this can worsen the symptoms too.


When you're on the road to burnout, you may withdraw from social interactions and isolate yourself from friends and loved ones. This isolation can further exacerbate feelings of loneliness and despair.

Early Catch: Make an effort to maintain your social connections and seek support when needed. If you can - I would definitely recommend listening to Michael Mosley’s Just One Thing Podcast. He explores these benefits in so many ways I never even thought would link to mental health.

Recognising the early signs of burnout is essential for maintaining your physical and mental health. Don't wait until burnout becomes overwhelming; take proactive steps to safeguard your health and happiness.

As always, please do let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to help.

Talk soon,

B x

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