What with spending more hours at work than at home, it is only to be expected that, at some point, we are going to burn out. And a burnout usually goes hand-in-hand with a nervous breakdown which, unfortunately for all of us, is most likely to happen in the workplace. And you know what happens next, right? Colleagues meet up in the kitchen for their afternoon gossip – um, I mean coffee – which means that they all start gossiping about you, speculating on why you had a breakdown and, before you know it, it turns out you had a breakdown because of your abusive partner.
So, unless you want to be the hot topic of the week and – well, you know – be in a really crappy psychological state, we suggest that you look out for any signs that you are close to a nervous breakdown and treat yourself to a couple of days off, or to a spa day, a dance class, or that yoga class you’ve been meaning to go to for ages.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a list with the signs you need to be in the lookout for. So, read on to see if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
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1. You Are Disorganized
If you are the type of person who’s got a colour-coded post-it system for everything and you suddenly find yourself grabbing the wrong post-it colour, then you might want to consider working fewer hours and doing fun after-work activities.
If you missed that, and you are now in a more serious state where you’ve started forgetting about deadlines, appointments, and meetings, then you are in a graver situation. It might be that the doomsday is rapidly approaching, so it might be best to consider taking a week off. If that’s impossible to happen anytime soon, start scheduling all the fun things you are going to do when you take time off. For example, if you are planning on taking a beach holiday, we suggest that you start Googling all the fruity cocktails you are going to be able to have once you’re there.
2. You Are Snappy
Was it you that just snapped at your mousy colleague who suggested she made you coffee rather than tea? Well, she should know by now that you take a coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.
Sure, work makes us irritated and stressed, and we usually aren’t our jolly, good old selves at work, but have you been snappier than usual lately? If so, it might be that a nervous breakdown is coming your way.
What you can do about that is to run to a yoga class straight after work.
3. You Dislike Everything
Unless you are Scrooge that is, and that’s just normal for you.
But if you are not Scrooge, and you suddenly find pleasure in just about nothing, then take a deep breath and consider the impossible: yes, you are close to a nervous breakdown.
If you get sad or panicked because instead of closing an email with “Kind Regards”, you wrote “Best Wishes”, or you find that your favourite sushi restaurant hasn’t been reaching your expectations lately, then it might be that you are indeed facing a possible nervous breakdown.
To remedy the situation’ you need booze and fancy clothes. Pamper yourself and go out on a Saturday, stay up till dawn dancing, spend your Sunday trying to get over your hangover, and by Monday morning, you’ll be your usual cheery self.
A nervous breakdown is no laughing matter, and that’s exactly why you need to protect yourself from one. The only way to do that is to actually be in touch with yourself. So, open up those communication channels.
Have you ever experienced a nervous breakdown at work? What led up to that? Share your experiences with us in the comments section below!