4 Tell-Tale Signs You Are Feeling Burnt Out

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You might not be lazy, just burnt out.

Some tell-tale signs include zero productivity, lacking motivation, and feeling tired easily. I’ve gone through each of these, and each time all I wanted to do was lay in bed, do nothing, and just exist. I felt lazy, but as time passed, I noticed it was burnout.

Burnout is a feeling of negative physical, emotional, or mental exhaustion that comes from stress and your inability to cope with it. Burnout is common, so it’s important you know the signs and what to do about it.

Here are some signs you are burnt out and not lazy:

Dwindling Motivation

Lazy people never take action or have never applied themselves to things.

But if you were high achieving and self-motivated before your current lapse in energy, then you might just be burnt out.

Loss Of Passion

You can’t call yourself lazy if you were passionate about things in the past.

It could be in sports, your talents, or even academics. Whatever it may be, if you start to hate it because of how much you overworked yourself, you are likely burnt out.


If you start to feel emotionally out of control, when this was never the case, then this is a sign of burnout.

Lazy people. in comparison, tend to be unaffected by things.


If you start to neglect personal hygiene, this is another sign that you might be burnt out. For example, if you spend more time alone doing nothing or perhaps you don’t shower because of the lack of energy.

Lazy people may be this way, but the difference is with burnout, you weren’t always this way.

It’s important to note that burnout happens gradually. They tend to follow these phases:

  1. The honeymoon phase
  2. The beginning of stress
  3. Chronic stress
  4. Burnout
  5. Habitual burnout

If you are suffering from burnout, you are not alone. Here are some steps for taking care of yourself:

  1. Recognize it.
  2. Listen to your body.
  3. Take a break from the stressor.
  4. Exercise.
  5. Sleep.
  6. Drink Water (lots of it).
  7. Figure out if you’re in sync with your goals.

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