Burnout can often feel very isolating and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Reaching out to talk to a therapist or counsellor is the first step toward feeling and doing better.
Addressing burnout early on can have a positive impact on your overall sense of wellbeing and mental health. The good news is that there are things that you can do to tackle burnout and lessen its impact.
Are you Suffering from Burnout?
But first, how do you know if you are suffering from burnout? Well, the first thing would be to ask yourself these questions:
- Do you feel constantly exhausted from work?
- Are you no longer feeling motivated or energized?
- Do you have trouble focussing or completing tasks at your job?
- Have you noticed increased feelings of negativity or cynicism about your work, your colleagues or clients, or your workplace?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, then you may be suffering from burnout – a special kind of work-related stress often characterized by physical and emotional exhaustion, a sense of alienation or frustration about your work, and decreased productivity or reduced performance. These symptoms may also lead to experiencing a loss of personal identity – often an unexpected and very distressing experience for most individuals.
Burnout and Mental Health
Counselling and therapy can help to determine the causes of your feelings of burnout and introduce you to strategies that will help to alleviate your stress. Addressing burnout early can help to increase your overall mood, enhance your ability to cope, build resiliency, and even help to make positive and productive changes in both your work and life.
One way that talk therapy can help is to give you a safe and confidential space to discuss the stressors at work without fear of how it might impact others. You can also learn how to identify burnout and make informed decisions about how to make the necessary changes to decrease stress. Your therapist can teach you skills such as meditation and relaxation to better manage stress and can encourage you to make lifestyle choices to bring your life back into balance.
Want to Learn More About Burnout?
To learn about burnout and how to work with it, check out a recent podcast with Brene Brown and the authors of the book Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski Ph.D. and Amelia Nagoski, D.M.A.
Therapists know a lot about burnout from personal and professional experience. We are dedicated to supporting others to have better work/life balance and are committed to practicing what we preach.