Many, if not all of us suffer or have suffered from fatigue and burnout. Lingering tiredness, exhaustion, a feeling of needing significant rest even after a night’s sleep. Both negative mental states have innumerable causes including biological, physiological, psychological, and circumstantial.

Feeling the relentless weight of the need to constantly pursue productivity and produce results is draining and leads to fatigue and burnout. Our jobs are a primary culprit of both.


Fatigue infiltrates other areas of our lives, no matter which sparked the match.


Fortunately there are noticeable warning signs we can identify. Dreading work. Letting go of things previously important to us. Diminished capacity to feel pleasure and joy. Dozing off unexpectedly.

Unfortunately, often we are already sagging under their heaviness prior to realizing the extent of impact and by the time we attempt amelioration our batteries are bankrupt.

Fatigue causes and exacerbates negative states of mind and conditions like depression. Fatigue dampens our immune response making us more susceptible to developing health complications and worsening symptoms.

Fatigue decreases mental acuity making it harder to organize thoughts. Fatigue is an elevator in free fall, descending with an inevitable destination of burnout.


Once burnout overtakes us the fatigue is infinitely intensified. One may enjoy most aspects of their work but if they cant do anything about the things causing the burnout their options are limited.

One can stay in the situation, working through their burnout by attempting to restore one’s life force and continuing to chug along or removing oneself from the crater of burnout and finding another job or career.

It’s possible to recover from burnout through good self care and use of coping skills.

We can recharge our batteries and reignite the sparks of our passions, It takes commitment to sustain but getting in touch with those feelings and reasons for why we are doing what we do to begin with is a good first step.

25 thoughts on “Fatigue and Burnout

  1. I will of course read it! Thanks for your nod :). I just tried to go to your blog but it says Something New is coming so I’m guessing you’re working on your page, I’ll check back later!

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  2. moragnoffke says:

    Thank you, and you are welcome.

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  3. moragnoffke says:

    I really like the illustrations you have paired with your information, makes it easy to read and remember.

    And thank you visiting my blog and following. Take care.

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    1. Thank you very much 😊 I appreciate your compliment and feedback. You as well you take care also, come back soon πŸ™‚

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  4. traceyrawoot says:

    I have fibromyalgia and Lupus, both of which give you extreme fatigue. Each day is a struggle to push through. I really wish someone could use a magic wand on me.

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    1. I’m glad you’re still pushing. Hopefully someday we’ll have that magic wand, I have strong fatigue also from my TBI so I empathize with you.

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  5. Such a beautifully writer article thank you so much for sharing your wisdom of words and life with us!

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    1. Thank you very much and it is my pleasure.

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  6. πŸ™‚ For sure I can understand that, I think talking about controversial things is essential, by their very nature, they are things of importance that need to be handled delicately and for the good of all excluding none. I’m glad you are bold, like me πŸ™‚

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  7. Hi Brandon! I wanted to thank you so much for looking at my posts and liking them, I am SO grateful, I hope you have a wonderful day under Our Lady’s gaze:)

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    1. Hi Mary! Of course, I found them interesting, especially your one about guessing the future pope. I am thankful to you also for looking at mine and liking them. You as well πŸ™‚

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      1. I am so glad out of all of them you found that one most interesting, it is SUCH a controversial topic even among Catholics…but that doesn’t stop me from talking about it.

        Anytime my friend, anytime!

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  8. I really enjoyed your post. I had a work injury last year and it changed my whole life. I was completely burnt out and was driving miles to go to work. I was earning very good money but was not really happy being so far from home.

    Following the injury, I decided to keep working part-time and move into a much cheaper property. Almost a year on, I am still working part-time from home at the moment, and am much happier. I earn a much lower amount, but my quality of life is so much better.

    We only get one life and I think it is important to do what makes us happy. I feel now that being stuck is a choice. We can always make changes to our lifestyles. It may mean sacrifices, but in my experince it is well worth it.

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate that, it’s always nice to know one is being well received πŸ™‚

      I’m sorry to hear about your injury but am glad to hear about your success with increasing your quality of life and that you are happier.

      Those are very good points, we do only get one life (at least this go around, shot at this lifetime). Finding what makes us happy, what gives us peace is paramount to our contentment and satisfaction. Being stuck can feel forced upon us but yes it is a choice. A choice seemingly impossible sometimes but we have the power!!!

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  9. Kingston Lim says:

    I see burnout as when the amount of output you’re getting is no longer matching the input you’re putting in leading to frustration and tiredness.

    Solving it is a matter of decreasing or maintaining your input while increasing or maintaining your output. You can always step out do something else and look for a new mountain top as well.

    I talk about this topic in one of my recent articles if you’re interested.

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    1. Thanks for your helpful comment, that is a great additional point. I’ll check it out πŸ™‚

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    2. moragnoffke says:

      I thought one would increase your input… And decrease your output but I guess it depends on what you mean… Input for me is like filling your well or bank account with resources (either water or money)… If you over draw either of these commodities by out put then you can land up with burnout… Or being depleted… Exhausting your supply. But maybe I misunderstood what you were saying?

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      1. Kingston Lim says:

        I think we define input/output different from one another. What I discuss in my article is input being the effort you put in with output being the rewards.

        Going by that definition, you can try to increase output by pivoting and doing something else in the same field (let’s say Air Jordan learning a new position in the NBA) or you could decrease input (an example would be a business owner hiring a manager to do the day to day operations for them.)

        These are just some of my thoughts dealing with burnout firsthand as a EFL teacher in Thailand πŸ™‚

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      2. Thanks for sharing, I think it becomes overwhelming and fatigue and burnout come on when other people’s inputs and outputs affect us, in our ability for our own inputs and outputs. For those things we can’t control we must find ways to live and cope with them or get out of the situations.

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      3. moragnoffke says:

        Thank you for explaining, I understand πŸ™

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  10. Tim Short says:

    I spent 2 1/2 years managing a very difficult construction project that included $45M worth of work in five different schools in a single school system. During that time, I lost my 17 year old son in a car accident and my 43 year old sister to lung cancer. When I lost my sister, I found myself with tightness in the chest due to the accumulated stress. I went to the doctor and while the tests on my heart showed no accumulated calcium at all, he told me I was only breathing at 80% of normal capacity.

    By the time that was over, I was utterly spent. I told work I needed a leave of absence. I spent the first 2 months mostly sleeping and doing nothing. It was the 4th month off before I began to feel right. It’s now the 6th month and my breathing is back to normal. I told work I’m not coming back. I am spending my days writing a blog on religious formation (thanks for following it) and working in my garden and I can never remember feeling better than I do right now.

    I am fortunate to have a loving wife who has a job that keeps us even while I decide what I might do to add to the household income. I am also fortunate to be old enough that the financial obligations to my children are behind me.

    For me, there has been nothing more healing than time and prayer. I just needed the time off to recover and I found that the healing brought on by time and the lack of distraction by not having the stress of that old job has allowed my prayer life to blossom in ways it has not in quite some time.

    The culture we live in drives us to achievement and money at a very high cost. Whether you call it prayer or something else, take time to decide if that cost is too high. For me, it definitely was.

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    1. Hey Tim,

      Thank you so much for sharing of yourself and experiences with us. I’m so so sorry for your losses. Losing a child is like losing a piece of our souls. I’m so sorry. And your sister so young. I’m so so sorry.

      Yeah of course, I’m glad you are doing what makes you happy, you are living your best life, I like it. If I had a passive income and didn’t have to work I would do so much writing with a mountain of stress taken away. One’s always running after the never stopping train of productivity and It adds a ton of stress. I’m working on getting my counseling license and am well on my way there. Someday being in private practice I can work part time and make good money, writing in my free time. I look forward to that time when I can live a life more like yours.

      I’m very glad you were helped by the power of prayer and that you have healed as much as you have.

      It’s been many years since I’ve had a decent vacation I need one so badly.

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      1. Tim Short says:

        I know you have subscribed to my blog, but I hope you’ll read the post I just made. There is a nod to you in it, my thank you for your thank you.

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