Burnout is not depression or anxiety, although its symptoms may be similar. Understanding the nuances of burnout is crucial for creating an action plan to prevent burnout as well as designing a burnout recovery journey.
…If you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.
Burnout is not depression or anxiety. It is a gradual, escalating process of stress that eventually overwhelms the brain.
Do you feel lately like you have not been living up to the expectations you have for yourself personally and professionally? Are you feeling less excitement and engagement when faced with challenges than you did before? Do you feel you are losing some of your former optimism, perhaps becoming negative or cynical? If so, you could be experiencing more than anxiety—you might be on the road to burnout.
Although burnout is most associated with conditions in high-stress workplaces, anyone who feels chronically overworked and under-appreciated can suffer from it, and that includes the those in the job of being a full-time parent. Burnout doesn’t engulf you quickly as does grief or a traumatizing event. Burnout is a gradual, escalating process of stress that eventually overwhelms the brain, causing symptoms that include mental and physical exhaustion, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, a sense of failure or defeat, reduced satisfaction and lowered productivity, detachment and loss of motivation, and physical manifestations such as headaches and muscle aches.
Part of the World Health Organization definition of burnout calls it chronic stress that has not been successfully managed. That is where the Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates therapy team comes in. We have developed self-healing tools to deal with burnout. There are number of assertiveness strategies, brain hacks and self-compassion tools you can develop to help you set boundaries, delegate tasks more effectively, and create time and space for yourself. Let us show you how to take deliberate steps throughout your day to reset, reinvigorate and recharge so you can get past burnout and live your most fulfilled life.
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To learn more about therapy and self-care for burnout, see our 31-video series titled, “Managing Burnout” in the sidebar of this article, or click here. Also see our blog article titled, “Overcoming Burnout: Self Compassion Provides the Healing Touch.”