Google, the worlds most popular search engine, processes over a billion requests every single day. Recently in its Year in Search data, the reigning themes of 2021 emerged, and not too surprisingly, they were all about mental health, healing, and pulling together. The world seemed optimistic and it collectively googled terms like how to heal, how to stay strong, how to remain hopeful, and how to make a comeback. Part of the reason for these searches had to be the collective burnout humankind is experiencing now.The American Psychological Association (APA) defines burnout as the physical, emotional, or mental exhaustion accompanied by decreased motivation, lowered performance, and negative attitudes toward oneself and others. In other words, burnout is what you feel when youre overwhelmed with your professional responsibilities and feel unable to keep up.How is burnout different from stress?Stress involves having too much to do, work and responsibility-wise. Burnout involves feeling like you dont have enough, think in terms of time, energy and motivation. When youre stressed, youre still able to get things done whereas being burnt out can make you feel like youre too tired to function.Signs of burnoutBurnout in all our lives may manifest itself differently but early intervention can play a big role in managing it. Below are some common symptoms of being burnt out.Lack of sleepNot being able to sleep or reduced sleep quality are the earliest signs of burnout. In fact, getting less than six hours of sleep is a symptom that you are setting your body up to feel extreme fatigue and tiredness.Feeling overwhelmedAs we continue to work from home, boundaries between office hours and personal time slowly start blurring. If it seems like you can never switch off from work, you have a problem.Experiencing feelings of self-doubtDoubting your experience and skill set is also a sign. Burnout doesnt happen overnight, it creeps up on you and slowly chips away your self-esteem and confidence.Isolating yourselfPushing away loved ones because you dont feel like you belong amongst them is a sign that youre on the wrong path.Little to no motivation to carry out activitiesWhen we feel little or no motivation and have to deal with a lack of productivity, taking a step might help. When were dealing with burnout, even doing things that normally bring us joy doesnt help.5 tips to deal with burnoutReach out to other peopleConfiding your feelings in your near and dear ones can help you feel less alone. Try to break the cycle of thinking about what bothers you and instead, try to enjoy the time youre spending with your friends and family.Change your perspective about workIt is important to focus on the parts of your role that you enjoy because every job will have mundane things to do that you wont always enjoy. Try to find a balance at work by interacting with your co-workers and work on building connections with people who help make work seem less monotonous.Set boundariesBy far the most important thing to do at work is to set boundaries. Take time to think about your priorities, both long- as well as short-term, and see if your activities align with them. Saying yes to things you dont want to do comes at the cost of you saying no to stuff that actually brings you joy.Be mindfulBeing fully present and aware of what feeling at every moment, without interpretation or judgment is important. At work, this might involve facing situations with extreme patience, and without judgment.Limit distractionsWhen youre working from home, it is easier to give in to the temptation to watch Netflix or doomscroll on social media every two minutes. But, giving in means youll end up procrastinating which leads to longer working hours. Try to avoid losing focus by staying away from distractions during work hours so you can wrap up on time.