Burnout Prevention & Recovery
In our quest for more productivity, covering more in less time at any price. Getting faster to our destination without feeling the journey, to know everything and to be constantly growing.
Sometimes we can forget how important it is to stop. To slow down and feel ourselves. To wait for the natural course of time, that will put everything by its right place. Does life really want that from us? The question here is what we really want from life.
According to research, the percentage of visits to general practitioners caused by chronic stress is extremely high – about 90%. The World Health Organization shares its findings that
Burnout is the disease of the 21st century. Every single day we experience many emotions, together with the stress that they carry. At the end of the day, we unload all the stress and close the page. This equation doesn’t always work out, and sometimes we get used to too much stress and to fail to discard most of it.
Burnout isn’t a sudden onset of feelings. Instead, your thoughts, feelings and actions progress through a series of stages. The initial stages may not feel like much, but they can eventually lead to a habitual phase that makes it hard to carry out your occupational duties.
• Honeymoon phase: Like a honeymoon phase in a marriage, this stage comes with energy and optimism. Whether it is starting a new job or tackling a new task, it’s common to experience satisfaction that leads to periods of productivity and the ability to tap into your creative side.
• Onset of stress phase: Eventually, the honeymoon phase dwindles, and you begin to experience stress. Not every second of your day is stressful, but there are more frequent times when stress takes over. As this stage begins, take notice of any physical or mental signs. You may start to lose focus more easily or be less productive when completing tasks. Physically, fatigue can start to set in, making it more difficult to sleep or enjoy activities outside of work.
• Chronic stress phase: You’ll reach a point where the stress becomes more persistent, or chronic. As the pressure mounts, the stress is likely to consistently affect your work. Examples include feelings of apathy, not completing work on time, being late for work or procrastinating during tasks. Socially, you may withdraw from normal work-related conversations. In other cases, you may become angry and lash out at co-workers. Sometimes, these feelings follow you home and can affect relationships with friends and family.
• Burnout phase: This phase is when you reach your limit and can no longer function as you normally would. Problems at work begin to consume you to the point where you obsess over them. At times, you may also feel numb and experience extreme self-doubt. Physical symptoms will become intense, leading to chronic headaches, stomach issues and gastrointestinal problems. Friends and family members may also notice behavioural changes.
• Habitual burnout phase: If left untreated, burnout can become a part of your everyday life and eventually lead to anxiety or depression. You can also begin to experience chronic mental and physical fatigue that prevents you from working. Your job status may be put in jeopardy if you continue on this path.
Our belief is that most cases of burnout occur because it is not easy to spot the early signs and it is all too easy to ignore them. Once burnout takes hold there is a cycle to work through and understanding that cycle is key to fixing it. At the core of fixing burnout is the impetus to regain balance, reach realistic compromise and restore work sustainability. We question and challenge “what is sustainable” because without that in mind – any resolution to burnout will be short lived.
We help to understand your current risk factors of Burnout. Take time to examine your current emotional state as it relates to the therapy that will be provided individually. Our trained specialists can help you identify your individualized triggers to burnout and help you create a burnout prevention plan. We can help address feelings of burnout. We offer a truly flexible, tailor- made treatment program for each individual client.