Does It Feel Like You’re Headed For Burnout?

Roy Carter
3 min readNov 9, 2022

(There is a life out there for you that is way less relentless).

Photo by Claudia Wolff on Unsplash

Do you feel like you’re headed for burnout? Maybe not. Maybe all is hunky dory in your working life?

For me though, I didn’t even realise that I was headed for burnout all those years ago.

Yes, I felt super busy all the time, often exhausted and stress was just part of dealing with the job, or so I thought.

Your body telling you though, may be your first warning sign that you are headed for burnout and meltdown (and for some, the last warning they will ever get).

A bit dramatic? Actually, no.

Just this year, a guy we know here on the island where I live, who ran a holiday resort here with his wife, was walking across the grass towards his home when…

BANG! He was hit with a massive heart attack. Dropped dead, right there on the spot.

The whole thing was caught on CCTV and sadly seen by his wife the following day.

Totally unexpected. He was late fifties, early sixties perhaps. No warning. Just gone in an instant. Leaving behind a shell-shocked wife and family.

We’ve no doubt all heard stories like this, but we just feel sorry for the relatives and go right ahead back to our over-busy, rushed and stressed out lives the very next day.

Most people are just so busy they never stop to consider if they are happy or not. Whether they should plan an escape to a calmer way of life before it’s too late.

Most people spend way more time planning an annual holiday than they ever do planning the remainder of their future life and how they actually want to spend it.

You know what I’ve said before. Be careful where you’re headed, because you might just end up there!

It took a suspected heart attack to pull me up short and actually wake up.

Wake up to the fact that we are only here once and for a short time, (some shorter than others).

For other people it has actually been having a real heart attack.

Mine, many years ago turned out to be an esophagus spasm, caused by stress, exhaustion and working…

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Roy Carter

Founder of www.LettersFromASmallisland.com monthly newsletter sent from my home on Magnetic Island — ‘A Quaint Little Drinking Island With A Fishing Problem! ‘