Insights: The Early Signs of Burnout aka the ‘Mystery Sickness’


Have you ever experienced being fatigued and weak but could not understand why? In this week’s Insights episodes, I talked about the early signs of burnout aka the ‘mystery sickness’ and how to recover and turn it around.

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Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • The early signs of burnout that your body sends
  • How to recover from the symptoms of burnout

Key Takeaways:

  • What happened was, Monday morning, I woke up and felt very fatigued and my limbs were heavy. I had a slight aversion to light, a slight headache, and real apathy. I did not want to get out of bed, I felt I was pressed down into the mattress. I had no appetite and spent the rest of the day in bed. It was a very, very odd feeling and it lasted for about three days.
  • On the fourth day, I went out. I had to sit down a lot. I was really weak and very low in energy. That was the first time it happened. I could not understand what was going on. In hindsight, it was because I was doing a lot.
  • I just looked at my schedule and thought, ‘What am I going to take out from this and do less of?’, because it was very clear that I had been doing too much
  • All of that requires discipline. It requires acceptance that we are not supermen/superwomen. That is not relatable and not sustainable. I started to train more intelligently and work intelligently as well, delegate when I could, outsource when I could. 

Action Steps:

  • Do less but with more intention.
  • Remove distractions.
  • Outsource and learn to delegate to have more focus on the things you need to do by yourself.

Leanne said:

“If you are experiencing any of those types of symptoms, please take note. Take a step back. Re-evaluate what you are doing, and put the brakes on, because it is actually vital if you do so.”

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