As strange as it may sound, the first phase often shows itself through an excessive commitment in one area, e.g. the job. The affected person feels indispensable and denies his own needs, e.g. to give everything professionally. At the same time, one does not allow oneself any, or hardly any, recovery phases. Especially at the beginning of a burnout, it can be extremely demotivating for the person affected if his or her efforts are not seen.
Thoughts in this phase could be: “Only I can do xyz, the others take too long!” or also “It must be done!”.
Towards the end of this phase, mistakes may occur that one is not used to from the person, or there is increased conflict or lateness.
Physically, the first burnout symptoms appear and these are now very individual. It could be increased headaches, back pain or digestive problems. Things that you don’t really take seriously, especially at the beginning of a burnout. There can also be sleep disturbances that result in persistent fatigue and exhaustion. Common physical characteristics are also breathing problems, tinnitus or a feeling of tightness in the chest. The physical symptoms increase over the phases, often the body starts with a cry for help and then increases this in frequency or variance.
From the outside, this phase can be recognized, for example, by an increase in overtime or emotionally atypical behavior. The physical burnout symptoms can often still be “hidden” by medication at this stage.