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Mental Health Charity Publishes ‘Five Signs of Burnout’ list

Turn2Me, a national mental health charity, has published five signs of burnout on its website,
in the hope of raising awareness of burnout and encouraging people to prioritise self-care.
“Burnout has become an increasingly prevalent issue, affecting people across various
industries,” Fiona O’Malley, CEO of Turn2Me, said, “As advocates for mental well-being,
Turn2Me believes it’s crucial to recognise the signs of burnout before it escalates, which is
why we’ve published these five warning signs that shouldn’t be ignored.”

The first sign of burnout is Persistent Exhaustion: Being constantly tired despite getting an
adequate amount of sleep can be a sign of burnout. This exhaustion often goes beyond
physical fatigue and seeps into emotional and mental realms, making even simple tasks feel

The second sign is Cynicism and Detachment: Burnout can manifest as a negative outlook
on work, life, and even personal relationships. If you find yourself becoming increasingly
cynical, detached, or emotionally withdrawn, it may be a red flag indicating burnout.

The third sign is Decreased Productivity and Performance: A decline in performance at
work or in other areas of life can be a key indicator of burnout. Despite putting in the effort,
individuals experiencing burnout may struggle to concentrate, make decisions, or complete
tasks to their usual standard.

The fourth sign is Increased Irritability: Heightened levels of irritability, impatience, or
frustration can be common symptoms of burnout. Small inconveniences or setbacks that
would typically be shrugged off may trigger strong emotional reactions in those experiencing

The fifth sign is Physical Symptoms: Burnout doesn’t just affect mental and emotional well-
being; it can also manifest physically. Headaches, muscle tension, gastrointestinal issues,
and a weakened immune system may all be signs of burnout.

Turn2Me stated that recognising these warning signs is the first step toward addressing
burnout and prioritising self-care. The charity emphasised that it’s essential to seek support
from friends, family, or professionals and to take proactive steps to manage stress levels and
restore balance in life. Turn2Me offers up to six free one-to-one counselling sessions and
unlimited support groups on anxiety, depression, grief and relationship issues on

To avail of Turn2Me’s services or to donate, go to