Have you found yourself feeling less satisfied with your work? Do you feel stressed more often and have trouble relaxing? Has that sense of fulfillment you once had seemed to have gone away?
Maybe you have less energy to perform at the level you’re used to work. You may like your job—and potentially started it because it’s what you really wanted to do with your life—but you simply don’t have the passion you once had.
You may work long hours but feel like you haven’t been as productive as you’d like. It’s possible you even take your work home with you and feel overwhelmed. And although you may want to take a break, you’re not sure how you can manage it.You might constantly be in work mode, or regularly feel like you don’t have the time for all your responsibilities. Or perhaps you have started cutting out other activities you used to enjoy. It’s possible that you worry more often—both about whether you’ll be able to complete everything and about the quality of your work.
Maybe by this point, you’ve started to wonder if these feelings are permanent. You’d really like to go back to the productivity levels you once had without the stress and lack of passion following you around.
Many People Experience Burnout Symptoms
In our high-stress, fast-paced society, it can be easy to overwork yourself and burn out. Being engaged in your work doesn’t necessarily prevent you from burnout. In fact, 1 in 5 individuals who are highly engaged in work struggle with burnout on a daily basis. This is even more common in high-achievers, who are used to doing well and want to push themselves to do their best.
Part of the reason burnout is so common is because of how easy it is to use solutions that work well in the short-term but that cause burnout over an extended period of time. For example, putting in more hours may help you meet a deadline, but may not be sustainable long-term. Subsequently, just jumping in to work can leave you feeling exhausted. Before long, you may start pushing yourself too hard, which only causes burnout symptoms to worsen.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to recognize the initial signs of burnout. It can creep up on you slowly, gradually chipping away at your joy and energy, and you may not realize what’s going on until you’re already deep into it.
But you don’t have to try and manage burnout alone. A good counselor can help you learn how to address your symptoms and start enjoying your life again.
Burnout Recovery Is Possible With The Right Help
I often use the phrase, ‘treat burnout like you would a physical injury.’ You wouldn’t try to jump right back into your old routine when you have a physical injury. Most likely, you would build habits to repair and strengthen your body, and would see a doctor or someone similar to help prevent future injury. It’s the same with burnout. If you don’t take time to rest and repair, then the symptoms will remain and healing will not take place.
I offer a warm, safe environment where we can explore your symptoms in the context of your current demands and long-term goals. By working together, we can create a plan to help you meet your goals and create skills that will serve you far into the future.
I tailor each session to your individual needs by assessing and centering the meaning you want from your life. Sometimes, the problem behind burnout is that what we engage in doesn’t line up with our own desires and ideals. Sometimes we struggle with stress management, and make choices that actually worsen our stress. Sometimes we feel alone and frustrated, and need more social support. I will listen and help guide you in addressing the underlying issues contributing to your burnout symptoms.
Much of my approach involves cognitive, psychodynamic, and multicultural practices in order to address your needs in a more direct way. Additionally, we may engage in mindfulness practices. My goal is to use these practices and techniques to help you identify meaningful, concrete strategies so you can thrive instead of just surviving.
I have seen a lot of people dealing with burnout over the ten years I’ve worked with clients and have helped people heal from it. It’s wonderful to see people start to connect with a passion they once thought they’d lost and truly understand what they consider important enough to spend their time on.
Burnout may be difficult, but you can still experience meaningful recovery, just as others have. With help, you can feel more confident, more equipped to deal with the challenges that are thrown your way, and more relaxed when faced with difficult situations.
You may still have objections about therapy for burnout recovery…
I feel awkward going to therapy for burnout.
Burnout is something a lot of people experience, and it’s important to seek help for it. When unaddressed, burnout can lead to depression, anxiety, and frustration. One of my goals would be to help you understand burnout better so that you can more readily create habits to recover from and prevent burnout in the future. I will also help you recognize the symptoms and identify what you’re going through. My space is non-judgmental, meaning that you can express your problems without fear, and together we will find proactive ways to address your concerns.
I’m already struggling to balance my to-do list. Why should I add another thing?
When you’re trying to manage burnout, this is an incredibly understandable concern. However, if you are still feeling too busy and overwhelmed, then it’s pretty likely your current methods of handling the situation aren’t working. Therapy can help you gain more clarity and create a plan that will really work to help you get your life in order.
Don’t you have to have a clear diagnosis to go to therapy?
This is something of a misconception; therapy can actually be very helpful in focusing on mental wellness, so it can be a space both for recovery and prevention. Plus, if you let burnout last too long, it becomes easier to develop it again. The sooner you’re able to address burnout, the better off you’ll be in feeling prepared to deal more effectively with challenging situations.
Take The First Step Towards Burnout Recovery
If you would like to learn more, I offer a free 15-minute consultation which you can schedule through my scheduling form. With my help, you can regain control of your burnout and find passion in your work again.