6 Signs You’re Totally Burned Out

Life is exhausting. Kids, school, work, volunteer shifts, troubled relationships, gym schedules, public transportation, and on, and on. Shit gets exhausting for your average person and add social justice work on top of any normal tasks, and you have a real recipe for burnout. (Throw in a bit of poverty and exhaustion becomes common place.) I’ve recently realized that I’m completely burned out, and one of the first signs was abandoning my passion project, SLC Feminist.

Here are some of the signs that clued me into my burnout, and maybe they can help your realize you’re overwhelmed too:

1. You dream about having time to do mundane things like laundry, shaving your legs, and balancing your checkbook.


2. You cry in the weirdest fucking places. One of my favorites is next to my desk (maybe if I cry next to my research it will go away?).


3. You  hate things you love for brief moments of time. I love exercising, but when I don’t have time to do it, by god no one else should have the time, and suddenly exercise is the scourge of the earth.

i hate everything

4. You start watching copious amounts of television. I don’t know about you, but when my world is starting to fall apart I abandon all of the important things in life and let the television suck my brain away.


5. You finally do have some free time and you bail on your plans–even awesome time planned with your closest pals. You probably blow them off to lay in the dark and cry while you watch some more of that inane television you’re so engrossed in.


6. You say “I only have so many fucks to give, and this isn’t getting one of them” more than six times a day.

fucks i give

Fortunately, I’m feeling much, much better lately, but it took a while for me to catch on. I’ve been engaging in some of my favorite forms of self-care, and I’m trying to get better at watching for signs of burnout.

How can you tell when you’re burned out?

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