If you’re emotionally exhausted or feel that you’re unappreciated and overwhelmed even though you continue to work hard, you may be approaching or in burnout.
Burnout can look a lot like early stages of mental health decline, but not yet mental illness. It often creeps up on you without you really noticing until you feel ill. Unaddressed burnout can increase your chance of developing clinical depression or other serious conditions.
The ways to address burnout are similar to addressing chronic stress. They may just take a little longer for burnout. Don’t wait until you experience it before learning to prevent and address it.