Have you found yourself feeling less satisfied with your work? Do you feel stressed more often and have trouble relaxing? Has your sense of fulfillment seemed to have gone away?
You may like your job—and potentially started it because it’s what you really wanted to do with your life. You may have picked a profession because it made sense financially, and prioritized doing it well. But now you notice that you find it hard to have the passion and determination you once had.
You notice now that you 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. You are constantly in work mode, and regularly feel like you don’t have the time for all your responsibilities. You have considered or already have cut out other activities you used to enjoy to try to get work done. And although you want to take a break, you’re not sure how you can manage it.
At this point, you’ve started to wonder if these feelings of exhaustion, reduced confidence, feeling overwhelmed, and irritable are permanent. You’d really like to go back to the productivity levels you once had without the stress and lack of passion that is now 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 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.
Burnout is common in high achievers and highly-engaged workers for a few reasons. This is because the solutions and mindset we may use to get work done in the short-term can 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. High achievers also tend to love doing things very well, and sometimes the stress of trying to meet that bar consistently at all times can wring the passion out of the task.
Usually, it can be difficult to recognize the 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 the feelings of exhaustion, depletion, and low confidence.
When we experience these feelings, it’s hard to think of creative ways to recover. But you don’t have to try and manage burnout alone. With help, you can learn how to recover and prevent burnout in the future.
Burnout Recovery Is Possible With The Right Help
I often use the phrase, “treat burnout like you would a physical injury.” While you might want to jump back into your old routine after a physical injury, you most likely would need to build habits that repair and strengthen your body. You might even see a doctor or someone similar to help identify patterns and behaviors that are contributing to your injury. It’s the same with burnout. If you don’t make time to learn, rest, and repair, then the symptoms tend to remain and long-term 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 to manage stress and increase focus. 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 worked with a lot of people address burnout symptoms over the past 8 years. It’s wonderful to see people start to reconnect with a passion they once thought they’d lost. It is also powerful to help people understand how to align their behaviors, thoughts, and actions with what they consider important enough to spend their time on.
Burnout may be difficult, but you can experience meaningful recovery, just as others have. With help, you can feel more confident and connected with your passion, and more importantly, you can feel equipped to deal with challenges that come your way in the future.
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. My style in interactive and non-judgmental, meaning that you can be honest about your concerns and we can, together, 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. Your time and energy probably feel like such precious and limited resources right now. I get that. However, if you are feeling so busy and overwhelmed, it can be helpful to have another person be part of your recovery process – you don’t have to carry the weight alone. Therapy can offer a non-judgmental and proactive space that helps you create a plan that works in the short-term and long-term.
Don’t you have to have a clear mental health diagnosis to go to therapy?
While many people go to therapy for a specific mental health diagnosis, therapy can actually be very helpful in addressing issues before they get worse. 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 be interested in working with me, please schedule a free 15-minute consultation through my scheduling form. I would love to help you regain control of your burnout symptoms, get clarity on the causes behind your burnout, and find passion in your work again.
If you would like to learn more about burnout, here are a few links: