For nurses, recognizing the physical and mental symptoms of feeling overworked is key to recovering from exhaustion.

The Mayo Clinic defines workplace burnout as “a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work.” This condition is especially detrimental to nurses, who might not notice the warning signs as they focus on taking care of others. Daily Nurse details five subtle but significant signs that they shouldn’t overlook. Here are three such symptoms:

    You’re tired all the time. It’s not unusual to lack energy on some days, but with burnout, you’re likely to feel constantly depleted and lack stamina to stay attentive.

    You’re forgetful or have trouble concentrating. When your work drains you, your focus decreases. You may feel overwhelmed as your nursing duties seem harder to manage.

    You dread going to work. As burnout progresses, your optimism diminishes and you’re likely to be more negative. That pit in your stomach whenever you think about work is a good indicator of burnout.

It’s entirely possible to overcome workplace burnout; Daily Nurse recommends setting boundaries, practicing self-care and asking for help as some strategies to help you work better and feel better. Read about the other signs of workplace burnout in the full article.