The special thing about a burnout is that often those who are affected, don’t notice it on time. That they often think “it’s not that bad” – and suddenly it ‘happens’. Out of the blue, it almost seems to them. A burnout builds up gradually. Only the symptoms are often missed, even though they are obviously present for others.

I have therefore included a number of symptoms below. The more often the answer is ‘yes’, the greater the chance that you’ll get a burnout.

There are two things I would like to mention:

If it happens to you, take your time to recover and don’t rush back to work. Burnout is not simply a flu that is over within a week.

Be aware that there is a chance that you will get a second burnout if you have already had one. This second burnout often happens faster than the first time and it is also more intense. One needs more time to recover.



Better be safe than sorry – in your own interest!



Symptoms of a burnout

  • You are forgetful and you have trouble concentrating
  • You function on autopilot, without really thinking
  • You don’t have the time or energy to do anything for yourself
  • You are restless and find it difficult to relax
  • You are easily irritated or argue with others
  • You feel tired, despite getting enough sleep
  • You feel exhausted
  • You have physical complaints such as headaches or palpitations
  • You are sick more often
  • You consume more coffee, food, alcohol, or nicotine
  • You don’t enjoy your work or do not get much out of it
  • Your work feels heavy
  • You don’t have the overview
  • You perform worse than normally
  • You worry a lot, often about work
  • You have more negative thoughts