Feeling Burnt Out? Read These Quotes When You Need A Mental Reset

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Burnout Quotes

You’re plugging along, just trying to do your job and keep your head above water, and it happens — you start to feel an aching sense of… what is it, exactly? Dread? Anxiety and stress? Exhaustion? All of the above? What you’re probably feeling, my overwhelmed friend, is burnout, and you’re certainly not alone. A report from Indeed released in early 2021 revealed that 52 percent of employees polled revealed feelings of burnout. More than two-thirds of those employees (67 percent) felt burnout has worsened since the COVID-19 pandemic began (compassion fatigue, anyone?). There are myriad ways to address this particular type of stress in one’s life, but sometimes even just reading burnout quotes can serve as an important reminder that life needs balance — you need to relax, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about that.

If you’re wondering how you can tell if you’re burnt out, the Mayo Clinic recommends asking yourself the following questions:

  • Have you become cynical or critical at work?
  • Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started?
  • Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers, or clients?
  • Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive?
  • Do you find it hard to concentrate?
  • Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements?
  • Do you feel disillusioned about your job?
  • Are you using food, drugs, or alcohol to feel better or to simply not feel?
  • Have your sleep habits changed?
  • Are you troubled by unexplained headaches, stomach or bowel problems, or other physical complaints?

You may very well be in the midst of burnout if you answered yes to any of these. Should that feeling start to overwhelm you, we recommend reaching out to a mental health professional. In the meantime, we hope the following burnout quotes will offer you a little comfort and maybe even motivation to take some “me time.”

Thought-Provoking Burnout Quotes

  1. “Self-care is how you take your power back.” — Lalah Delia
  2. “I have a theory that burnout is about resentment. And you beat it by knowing what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful.” — Marissa Mayer
  3. “No beating yourself up. That’s not allowed. Be patient with yourself.” — Holly Mosier
  4. “The No. 1 cause of burnout is doing the same thing over and over again and not seeing results.” — Steve Kaczmarski
  5. “Take rest. A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” — Ovid
  6. “Being overwhelmed means that your life or work is overpowering you. Regain control by clarifying your intentions, setting realistic expectations, and focusing on your next step.” — Daphne Michaels
  7. “Stress is the trash of modern life. We all generate it, but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.” — Danzae Pace
  8. “You will burn and you will burn out; you will be healed and come back again.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky
  9. “Burnout is nature’s way of telling you you’ve been going through the motions your soul has departed.” — Sam Keen
  10. “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” — Etty Hillesum
  11. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” — Lou Holtz
  12. “Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices.” — Betsy Jacobson
  13. “We have outstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance.” — Dr. Kathleen Hall
  14. “Burnout is the result of too much energy output and not enough energy self-invested. In other words, it’s burning too much fuel than you’ve put in your tank.” — Melissa Steginus
  15. “The more stress you accumulate, the heavier it becomes. If you accumulate too much, the weight of carrying it can break you.” — Oscar Auliq-Ice
  16. “Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.” — Steve Maraboli
  17. “The wise rest at least as hard as they work.” — Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  18. “A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul.” — Lysa Terkeurst
  19. “Burnout occurs when your body and mind can no longer keep up with the tasks you demand of them. Don’t try to force yourself to do the impossible. Delegate time for important tasks, but always be sure to leave time for relaxation and reflection.” — Del Suggs
  20. “Even the loveliest shoulders can bear but so much.” — Jill Alexander Essbaum
  21. “Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.” — Natalie Goldberg
  22. “If you get tired, learn to rest — not to quit.” — Banksy
  23. “Just because you take breaks doesn’t mean you’re broken.” — Curtis Tyrone Jones
  24. “When your conscientiousness impels you to take on more than you can handle, you begin to lose interest, even in tasks that normally engage you. You risk your physical health. ‘Emotional labor,’ which is the effort we make to control and change our own emotions, is associated with stress, burnout, and even physical symptoms like an increase in cardiovascular disease.” — Susan Cain
  25. “Choosing to laugh doesn’t undermine the serious work we have to do. It enables us to do it.” — Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
  26. “If you don’t have time for a break, you definitely need a break!” — Stretch + Bloom
  27. “I actually think burnout is the wrong description of it. I think it’s burn up. Physiologically, that is what you are doing because of the chronic stress being placed on your body.” — Richard Boyatzis
  28. “Don’t burn out. Take care of yourself by getting eight hours of sleep, eat healthy, and exercise. If you don’t take care of yourself, there’s no way you can take care of your company in the long-term.” — Jared Kim
  29. “You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.” — Unknown
  30. “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… including you.” — Anne Lamott
  31. “Burnout is so hard to get out of because when you’re in it, you ask yourself, ‘What can I do to bring me relief from all this pressure and stress of all this work I need to do?’ And the only answer you can think of is, ‘The only thing that will bring me relief is if I finish this work.'” — Jonny Sun
  32. “Burnout is a bone-tired, soul-tired, heart-tired kind of exhaustion.” — J. Pennebaker
  33. “You can do anything, but not everything.” — David Allen
  34. “Burnout is a byproduct of a dysfunctional work environment.” — Joy Energy Time
  35. “Your energy is currency. Spend it well.” — Adrienne Bosh
  36. “It takes 10 times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” — Suzanne Collins
  37. “Friendly reminder that ‘doing your best’ does not mean working yourself to the point of a mental breakdown.” — The Cultivated Career
  38. “Gratitude for everything you still have, and every step of your recovery, is such an important part of healing from burnout.” — Emma Matthews
  39. “The real secret to getting more done is giving yourself a break.” — Marie Forleo
  40. “Burnout, like any difficult experience, is a great teacher. My question is: What is it trying to tell you?” — Dr. Rebecca Ray
  41. “Feeling chronically exhausted and totally over it? It’s important to know the signs of burnout.” — Carley Schweet
  42. “Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy.” — Catherine Rippenger Fenwick
  43. “In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” — Dalai Lama
  44. “You don’t have to take on other people’s goals and feel like you have to meet them.” — Laura Brassic
  45. “The land of burnout is not a place I ever want to go back to.” — Arianna Huffington
  46. “Take time today to pause, to linger, to quiet the noise and remember that your worth is not measured by your productivity.” — A Life in Progress
  47. “These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.” — Najwa Zebian
  48. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  49. “Overworking is the black plague of the 21st century.” — Richie Norton
  50. “You’re feeling burnt out and discouraged, but you’ve made it this far and I think that’s really brave.” — Unknown
  51. “Happiness is not a checklist. A dream job, a fast car, a good home, even love, mean nothing at all if you have not yet found a way to feel full and content in your own mind and heart.” — Beau Taplin
  52. “Self-care is giving yourself permission to pause.” — Cecilia Tran
  53. “You’re burned out because this culture has messed up our priorities, not because there’s something wrong with you.” — Juliana Finch
  54. “Don’t worry about what will happen to your career if you take a stress leave. Worry about what will happen to you if you don’t.” — My Life I Guess
  55. “Be brave enough to ask for help when you need it. There is no merit badge for doing all the hard things alone.” — Maggie Smith
  56. “Cut yourself some slack. You’re doing better than you think.” — Unknown
  57. “Nobody’s perfect, so give yourself credit for everything you’re doing right, and be kind to yourself when you struggle.” — Lori Deschene
  58. “Dear Stress, I would like a divorce. Please understand it is not you, it is me.” — Thomas E. Rojo
  59. “You can have it all, just not all at once.” — Oprah Winfrey
  60. “When we train, our performance improves as we adapt to stress. Over time, however, if the stresses are too great or we don’t incorporate sufficient recovery time, gains begin to diminish. To grow and adapt, we require stress, but equally, we need periods of rest and recovery. This is a delicate balance to strike.” — Chris Duffin
  61. “You can’t de-stress by stressing some more.” — Tiisetso Maloma

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