Posted by: Susan Gaddis | October 1, 2009

10 Warning Signs That You Need a Sabbatical

704765_office_lifeHow do you know if you need a sabbatical? Stress and tiredness are indicators of the need for a sabbatical, yet everyone experiences those symptoms at times. Many people would love to have an extended vacation from work, but a sabbatical is not a vacation.

So, how do you know when your stress levels are high enough to cause burnout? What are some signs that indicate the need for a sabbatical rather than another vacation? Below are ten signals of burnout.

1. Are you a workaholic? Would your family and friends define you this way? Do you bring work home? Have you missed important family commitments? Do your kids still know you?

2. Are you often angry or exhausted? Do you feel fried? Do you internalize your anger or express it in an unhealthy manner? Would others agree with your answers to these questions?

3. Are you easily disappointed in people? Do people irritate you? Are you sharp with people, exhibiting little patience? Has sarcasm become your native language?

4. Do you worry excessively about work or other arenas of your life? Do you try to rescue, fix or control the people or situations that cause you concern? Do you feel like the weight of the world rests on your shoulders?

5. Is work a challenge? Do you hate going to work? Do you feel like you are not accomplishing anything significant with your life?

6. If you had to describe your feelings about your job and your life, would all the words be negative? Would the people in your life use the same words to describe you?

7. Does life seem too difficult to cope with at times? Do things seem out of your control? Do you get depressed often?

8. Are you having health problems? Do you sleep well? Has your doctor told you to reduce the stress in your life?

9. Is your prayer life shorter than 15 minutes a day? When was the last time you heard from the Lord and what did he say to you?

10. Are your significant relationships, including your marriage, suffering because of your disposition? Is your work a hazard to your family?  

If you found yourself answering yes to five or more of these questions, then you are probably in need of a sabbatical. Stay tuned–this post is the first in a series of Thursday postings that will look at the need for a sabbatical and then how to plan and experience one.

copyright 2009 by Susan Gaddis



  1. Praise God this isn’t me anymore! A few years ago, I would have answered yes to all of the questions…

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