The Telltale Signs That You're Burned Out
And need to take a chill pill
We know you work hard. But if you’re constantly running on empty, it’s going to start showing… on your body and in your daily routine. (You know it’s bad when your kid points out the bags under your eyes.) Here, six telltale signs that you could use a little R&R.
Your left eye won't stop twitching
According to the American Academy of Opthalmology, stress is the number one reason for irritating eye spasms--which can cause you to feel, and look, like a crazy person. To keep old lefty from going twitchy, try 20 minutes of mindful meditation a day or, when you feel a spasm coming on, close your eyes and breathe deeply.
Your period comes early...or late
Crap, are you pregnant? Nope, you’re just a giant tweak. Turns out, stress affects the part of the brain where the hormones for your period are regulated. So, when you stay up late worrying about that work email, you’re actually telling your reproductive system to halt its natural cycle.
You start clogging the drain with hair
While hair loss can certainly be a sign of hormonal imbalances, according to the Mayo Clinic, it’s also the body’s way of attacking the immune system when you’re frazzled or overworked. Tons of shedding? How charming!
You've got big nasty circles under your eyes
The discoloration is actually caused by tiny broken capillaries. Stress puts extra strain on the capillaries, accentuating the darkness.
You were once a good sleeper, but now toss and turn
Stress forces the body into a hyper-alert state, which can upset the balance between sleep and wakefulness. The worst thing you can do? Reach for your phone and start answering emails in the middle of the night. Instead, try a meditation or visualization exercise.
You're being a big meanie
OK, this one is kind of hard to quantify. But if you’re typically a kind, enthusiastic person…who suddenly finds herself being super judgey (Megan’s baby shower… ugh) or snippy, it might be a sign that you’re burned out and transferring your anger onto other people. The next time you catch yourself saying something kinda jerk-y, take a minute and see if stress could be the cause.