Have you ever felt like you’re on the verge of a breakdown? You might be overworked, over-stressed or sleep deprived, and it feels like everything is going to come crashing down around you at any moment. Taking control of the situation before it becomes a full-on breakdown can help you de-stress and get back on your feet.

Here are five signs you’re on the verge of a burnout and how to avoid an impending breakdown:

1. You’re Exhausted

When you’re on the verge of a breakdown, the word “tired” doesn’t even begin to cover how you feel. You’re completely exhausted, yet sleeping doesn’t seem to help. Mental and physical exhaustion are tell-tale signs of a burnout. It might be difficult at first, but try to exercise for 30 minutes a day. It will help lower your stress levels, promote better sleep and give you the energy you need to get through the day.

2. You Keep Getting Sick

High stress levels can weaken your immune system. If you’re catching every bug that goes around, it’s probably because your anxiety is wreaking havoc on your health. Make it a priority to lower your stress levels. Find a creative outlet, let nature heal you or simply unplug a few hours before bed and curl up with a good book to help you relax.

3. You’re Blowing Up At The People Around You

If you find yourself taking out your anger on the people around you, you’re probably close to a breakdown. All of that stress, anxiety and fatigue is bubbling to the surface and you aren’t able to control it. Find someone to confide in, whether it’s a friend, a family member or a counselor. Be willing to let others help you.

4. You Have No Life Outside Of Work

If you are unable to maintain a healthy work-life balance, you’ll end up isolating yourself from those around you. If your life feels like a sad routine of work and sleep, you might be on the verge of a breakdown. Prioritize your time. Don’t be afraid to say no when your boss asks you if you can handle another project. Make time for yourself, your family and your friends, and be sure to include some down-time in your schedule to recharge.

5. You’re Procrastinating

If your to-do list is a mile long, yet checking things off seems impossible, you’re most likely physically and mentally fatigued. A breakdown may be just around the corner. If your workload is piling up and you feel constantly overwhelmed, it’s time to stop and breathe. Prioritize your to-do list and give yourself a reasonable amount of time to complete each task. Start at the top and don’t move on until each item is complete. Even crossing off one goal each day can help give you the motivational boost you need to succeed.

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