I always used to conflate burnout with having a breakdown, and thought that once you recovered from the breakdown you were no longer burnt out. Not so!
I read this article recently after someone shared the link on facebook. I re-shared it. One person liked it, and nobody commented.
After reading that article, I realised that not only am I burnt out, but by my estimation, I have been for about 7 to 10 years. For now, I'm assuming that it is primarily because of my work but there have been some other issues over the years that I need to look at to work out whether they are causal or symptomatic.
Now I have to work out how I am going to change my circumstances to try to fix it. Changing jobs is not an option, so I have to work out how to change the one that I have. I also have to try to work through other problems that have been causing me stress and work out how to resolve them.
It's scary to realise that I have almost every one of the symptoms listed, and have blogged about my struggles with many of them.
I know that I have a long struggle ahead of me, and yet so far it doesn't even seem real...