9 Signs You’re On The Road To Burnout With No Work-Life Balance

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Entering the workforce after college can feel like a total shock. Say bye-bye to the days of sleeping in, late nights with friends, and doing whatever you want, when you want! A 9-5 is a major adjustment, especially in your 20s. As you continue in your professional journey, it's hard to tell if what you're experiencing is the “daily grind” or burnout and a total lack of work-life balance.

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Well wonder no more, check out these nine signs to tell if you've lost control of your work-life balance and are on the road to burnout:

1. Pain.

Never ending headaches? Shoulder and neck pain that just won't go away? Maybe that's your body's way of saying “Hey! Something's off!” It's probably time to step up your self-care routine. Creating an at home spa night can be cheap and easy. Draw yourself a bath, get your essential oils out, and let the stress melt away!

2. Exhaustion.

Not the, “Oh I didn't sleep last night,” type of exhaustion. I'm talking the constant perpetual state of exhaustion. The “fog” that won't seem to lift. Persistent fatigue is likely your brain saying it's on overload! When we feel exhausted all the time, it's our brains way of saying “hey, I can't keep concentrating or making decisions at this level! Give me a break!”

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3. Thin Patience

Short temper? Holding onto resentments? Take note if you're getting short with others as it could be a sign that your work-life balance is off kilter.

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4. Team No-Fun

Seriously, when was the last time you had some fun and truly enjoyed yourself? Take a moment to really reflect on that, because when we're overworked it's easy to lose track of time; and that fun outing with friends that feels like just last weekend? Well it actually may have happened six months ago!

5. Struggling Relationships

When was the last time you were really present for any of your relationships? If you find your friends/family often complain about never seeing you, that's a sign you may need to reprioritize your time. Furthermore, physically showing up for them is only half the battle. Take note if your mind is always drifting to work while your loved ones talk to you, that's a major red flag.

6. Messy Spaces.

A messy external world can actually overload the brain and lead to burnout! If your home and workspace are in a constant disarray, you may be adding to the problem!

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7. Phone-Hand.

If your phone is constantly glued to your hand, you may be experiencing “phone-hand” where the two become one ?. Listen, I get it, it's harder than ever to actually leave work at work. But, just because you get an e-mail at 8 or 10 pm does not mean you need to respond to that email. Take some time to unplug.

8. Priorities?

If you're asking yourself “what the heck are those!?” then you probably need to re-evaluate. Unclear priorities can make it hard to tell when it's time to say “no.” Which often leads to over scheduling and trying to do all the things. Your priorities should align with your work-life balance, which should shape where you invest your time.

9. Seeking Perfection

Perfectionism comes at a cost, often times leading to anxiety, depression, and zero work-life balance. Forget failure as a bad thing, instead think of it as failing forward. Each mistake is a step towards growth. Perfection isn't about having it all, it's about finding contentedness.

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Getting your work-life balance under control is essential if you want to avoid burnout levels. If any of the above situations are coming up in your life, look at it as a warning. Take some time to adjust your schedule and priorities to support your passions and purpose.

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9 Signs You're Burnt Out With No Work-Life Balance

1. Pain.

2. Exhaustion.

3. Thin Patience

4. Team No-Fun

5. Struggling Relationships

6. Messy Spaces.

7. Phone-Hand.

8. Priorities?

9. Seeking Perfection


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71 thoughts on “9 Signs You’re On The Road To Burnout With No Work-Life Balance”

  1. I love this because self care is so important and so is having work-life balance. Although it can be hard when we are conditioned to always be on the clock, we have to make sure we are setting standards so people know that we aren’t working 24/7. Putting my phone away after hours was difficult, but now it’s like second nature to me. It’s great to take a break and rest as needed. Great post, girl!

    1. Totally agree! I know a lot of millennials go on overdrive trying to prove the “lazy” stereotype wrong and a lot never unplug! It’s good that you do it! It was hard for me at first too, but I couldn’t imagine going back to always being “on”

  2. It’s only after some serious back and neck pain that I had to take a look at my work/life balance. While I can’t do anything about my hours since I work in Congress, I decided to do things like take more works throughout the day and not stay later than necessary.

  3. Love this post, Rachel! It’s really taking me some time to get in a good routine with working from home now, but it’s so important to create a schedule and stick to it. And like you said, just because you get an e-mail at 7pm doesn’t mean you have to respond right then.

  4. It seems that most people work a majority of the time in any given day. There is so much burn out and overload, I really think that society as a whole needs to take a step back and take a break from work to focus on self-care which in turn will mean we are better at taking care of others and relationships.

  5. thesophiadiaries

    100% great and true indicators for sure! I think these are true especially as a college student xD

  6. Ugh I really need to get rid of my “phone hand”. Also the clutter in our apartment is out of control because we’ve both been so busy, so I’m actually excited to get ish done this weekend!

  7. These are all really good signs. Exhaustion and headaches are my two biggest tells. Side note, if you’re super stressed, you might not be drinking enough, so your headache could be as much from dehydration as tension.

  8. I can see you have a lot of trouble in your situation now but keep plugging away, things will get better. I have a family and work most of my waking hours so join the club but embrace what you are doing.

  9. I’m currently experiencing burnout and it’s a struggle to get myself out of the mindset I’m in! I’m trying to find the good in every situation to keep myself from completely losing it. I’ve decided that I will do as much as I can in my 8 hours then completely check out until the next day.

  10. Shannon @ Lady's Little Loves

    Gosh, I can so relate to seeking perfection. I WISH I could let certain things go. I just struggle with it! Great read 🙂

  11. Work-life balance is such a struggle for so many of us. It’s important for us to slow down, take a breather and analyze our current situation. Finding ways to make things work smoother and better is essential. We all need to take the time to take care of ourselves and have enough time left to nurture others as well.

  12. Sometimes you don’t even realize you’re doing any of these until you really think about it, so it’s really great that you pointed all those warning signs out!! Having that balance is so so so important to stay sane!

  13. Danielle Randall

    These are some really good tips. I just joined the workforce after college and it was a truly an adjustment. I had to get control because I was having anxiety.


  14. Marissa Pedersen

    I had to look at my own this summer because I was struggling! It’s no fun to be exhausted all the time.

  15. Uh-oh! I see several of these in my life! It’s hard, but at least I’m recognizing this and working (even if slowly) to resolve these things! Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. I have definitely been there. As a millennial, I have pretty much felt or experienced every single thing on your list. It varies day to day, of course. I relate so much to 4 and 8 on your list. Great post!

  17. Ever since getting my full time job I’ve found it so hard to keep up with friends! A lot of my friends aren’t working full time yet so it makes it tough when they want to get together and I can only stay out until 9 or so.

  18. Love this post! I am SO bad about wanting perfect material and sometimes it is just too much to constantly keep up with!

  19. Oh man, I’ve been burnt out for faaaaar too long. At this point I’m looking forward to my maternity leave so I can have a break from work, even though I know a newborn wont be a walk in the park either haha!

  20. These are all so true! I eventually had to quit my part time because I was so exhausted and pretty moody!

  21. YAS. Seriously felt all of this right before I quit my job. My body ached, I was tired all of the time, and my relationship with my hubby was struggling because I was too mentally drained to invest in our relationship.

  22. I definitely recognize some of these signs in myself when I get super stressed and forget to take care of myself. Love that you posted the signs, I haven’t read anything like this before, so thanks for sharing 🙂

  23. Thanks for this post. i’m still working right now at 2:52 am, you never know how much you’ve shut yourself away from all that matters in life when you get too ambitious and fail to balance life. Sometimes, we fail to realise the money we are pursuing is mean’t to give use comfort and not torture.

  24. I wouldn’t say I am at this point right now but I can see why these signs can be a quick signal of burn out. I am pretty good about self care at this point in my life but I am trying to be better about disconnecting from my phone on a regular basis.

  25. This has honestly been me and uni for the past month, it’s been so stressful that I’ve been so exhausted. It definitely feels like a “fog that won’t lift” like you’ve mentioned! It’s not going to be over anytime soon, but I really do need to take some time for a little self-care. A relaxing bath sounds so good! Thanks for the post!

  26. The email thing is something I really struggle with. I need to keep a 9-5 email schedule and only respond during those hours so I can have some peace!

  27. soooo…. i’m so guilty of all of this. i love how you coined “phone hand” lol
    self care and mental health days are incredibly important. i can understand how people are apprehensive to take one because they don’t want to seem “weak”.

  28. Trecee Hutchinson

    I think a lot of young professionals struggle with work life balance, myself included. Our society is set up to praise those of us who overwork ourselves, but its so essential to take a step back occasionally.

    Great post!


    1. For sure! It’s a real old school mentality that it’s a division of time instead of a division of passions! I know a lot of Gen X bosses who still care more about behinds in seats rather than quality of work and efficiency which is a shame! I’m excited to see how things change as millennials and gen z continue in the workforce and management roles!

  29. Logan Elizabeth Abbott

    These are the exact things that I look for when I’m starting to burnout, and it’s so so true! I always find that I get so much more irritated with the people around me, especially at work, when I’m about to burnout, and that’s when I know I need to cancel all my plans and give myself some me time to recover.

  30. This was literally me this week. No patience, all of the headaches. I seriously need to work on this!

  31. hahahahaha, 7/10 of these are me right now, but I think the biggest things are because I’m not taking care of myself outside of work. I haven’t been as focused or drive on my life “after work” and it’s definitely wearing me down. Time to get back into a routine so I can feel better and leave work at work!

    1. Oh no!! But you’re also in an adjustment period with the new job! So give yourself some time! Excited to see the home updates and talk GOT!! We are a little past the firey “looting” scene and at beyond the wall and surrounded!!

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