Are You Worried About Burning Out At Work?
Do you feel like you’re stuck in a cycle of stress from a demanding career? Maybe you’re working long hours to meet high expectations, and it seems like there’s no way around the pressure to keep achieving. Or perhaps you’ve taken on so much responsibility, it appears that the only way to see things through is to keep working at an exhausting rate. You may realize that working at such an intense pace isn’t sustainable, but you don’t know how to get out of this cycle without feeling like you’ve dropped the ball at work or disappointed those around you.
While it’s natural to feel some level of stress, staying in that state for a prolonged period of time can lead to symptoms of professional burnout. The emotional and mental exhaustion could start to impact not just your work life but your home and social life as well. While you might think the answer is to blame yourself or work harder, you could risk damaging your career, relationships, or personal health if you don’t allow yourself to take a step back.
Signs and Symptoms of Job Burnout
Signs of burnout include physical symptoms, increased illness and health conditions, physical and emotional exhaustion, mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression, and insomnia. Cognitive failures such as forgetting names or overlooking a stop sign are common warning signs of burnout. You may have even begun to feel that you hate your job or feel trapped in your career. The mounting pressures can leave little time for stress management or worklife balance.
Perhaps you’ve been feeling down and unmotivated, caught in a brain fog that makes it hard to stay sharp and feel creative. Or maybe you’ve been experiencing headaches, having a difficult time falling or staying asleep, or noticing that you are gaining or losing weight in response to stress. You might experience strong emotional reactions to minor stressors.
Burnout could also be affecting your relationships if you haven’t had the energy to spend time with family and friends. Your loved ones might perceive your exhaustion as an unwillingness to pay attention or hang out with them. If these mental, physical, and social symptoms of burnout are becoming more prevalent, it might be time to ask for help.
Do you wish that you could regain control and balance your professional and personal life in a healthy way?
If You’re Struggling With Professional Burnout, You’re Not Alone
In 2019, the World Health Organization officially classified burnout as an occupational phenomenon. It falls under the umbrella of problems related to employment and unemployment. Symptoms range from feelings of depletion to increased mental distance from one’s job. Burnout has become so common that human resource departments are implementing burnout prevention policies.
With the added pressure to keep up with technology, constant notifications, and certain workplace cultures that aren’t conducive to taking breaks, it can feel like we always have to be “on.” We can end up feeling like we need to do more, bill more, or raise the bar. This can make it hard to relax or “turn off”. As symptoms of burnout rise, it can become harder to manage them on our own.
Risk factors that contribute to burnout include long-term job stress, lack of control, work overload, lack of community and conflicting values.
Thankfully, a professional burnout therapist can help you learn the strategies you need to start feeling relieved instead of overwhelmed, reducing stress and begin living a life that reflects your values. On our own, we may tend to push our feelings down, which can be even more isolating. With counseling, we can figure out what tools will benefit your specific situation the most so you can put things back into perspective and bring light to your own unique priorities.
Counseling Can Help You Recover From Burnout
Once you have symptoms of burnout it can be difficult to cope with stress and burnout on your own. Your body isn’t responding the way it used to. Maybe what was once periodic stress has started taking a greater toll on your overall life, and you’re not sure where to start. Working with a therapist can provide a safe space to get the ball rolling so we can find solutions to a problem that might have seemed impossible to deal with by yourself. As professional therapists, we’ve seen first-hand how effective a supportive outlet can be in regaining perspective.
We’ll begin by exploring and understanding the issue causing burnout for you and look at patterns to really figure out how it’s impacting your life. We’ll explore how it shows up every day, both physically and mentally. When we identify what’s getting in your way the most, we can start to work toward the core issue and figure out personalized stress and burnout coping mechanisms. This might include exploring some career counseling or directing you toward some additional couples/group resources if helpful.
Our counselors use a mix of therapeutic methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness techniques. We use CBT to empower you to challenge the way you think about yourself or your situation to reveal new perspectives. DBT is another effective tool for teaching emotion regulation and increasing your tolerance to stressors. Similarly, mindfulness strategies can help you stay centered and grounded so that you aren’t carried away by negative thoughts and emotions.
Professional Burnout Counseling Can Empower You To Live A Life That Reflects Your Values
At the end of the day, we’re here to help you clarify what your own goals are. And because we know everyone’s values are different, we’ll define what value-based living looks like to you. Then we’ll ask the question, “What would it look like if you were living more consistently with your values?” Instead of feeling powerless in your situation, we’ll explore what’s within your control. We’ll identify what you can do to make changes that support your goals. Finally, we’ll establish maintenance practices for burnout prevention.
The therapists in our office come from a wide range of backgrounds ranging from business, medicine and law to IT. We’ve been there before, and personally understand the stresses and nature of demanding careers. We’ve been working with clients for over 10 years and have helped hundreds of others find peace, passion, and purpose while still thriving in their careers and healthily maintaining the other things that matter to them. We consider each individual’s unique situation in everything we do (from our intake process, to choosing which therapist is best for you). Above all else, we want this to be a relationship that you can count on and trust to help you be your best self.
Maybe you’re considering counseling for professional burnout, but you still have questions.
Shouldn’t I be able to figure this out on my own?
Burnout is considered a medical diagnosis. Just as you’d seek help for any other medical issue, we want you to know that we’re trained to help you understand and work through your symptoms. We’ve worked with countless people in different circumstances and different industries to manage burnout, and every case looks different. People are so relieved to find out that they’re not the only one whom this is affecting and that there are resources to help you overcome it.
What if I don’t have time for therapy?
This is one of the most common concerns we hear. These days it can be hard to find time for yourself. We offer flexible scheduling as well as online therapy sessions for preventing burnout. We can even do a quick video session over your lunch break. At first, it might be hard to make time for something new. But once you take that time for yourself and know what it feels like to be able to overcome whatever’s holding you back – you’ll start to feel lighter and more at peace.
If I’m still functioning, do I really need to get help to deal with burnout?
Since burnout is a result of prolonged stress on both your physical and mental health, it’s important to get help now before it escalates. Don’t wait until the stress begins to affect your relationships or personal health. Addressing burnout before it compromises your quality of life is a form of prevention and self-care that you will not regret. You can start to feel so much better, today. Why not give it a try.
If You Want To Live Your Best Life, You Can
If you’re ready to start recovering from burnout and living a more balanced life, we invite you to reach out to our mental health team in Houston, TX. Call us at 832-559-2622 or schedule an appointment with a burnout therapist online.