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Burnout Therapy Treatment

Burnout, as the name implies, is feeling utterly exhausted and spent. It can be described as a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion. This mental and physical exhaustion isn't the same as mere tiredness after working hard. It runs much deeper, and typically follows a time of excessive and prolonged stress or frustration in one's work or personal life. It is important to note that, although it implies a period of high energy expenditure, like working long hours for instance, it is particularly the emotional stress that can be so devastating to the nervous system and the body in general.

 

Burnout can lead to a range of difficult symptoms, including fatigue, irritability, anxiety, depression, and decreased productivity. It can also have a significant impact on an one's health, relationships, and overall quality of life.

Burnout is often associated with work-related stress, particularly in high-pressure professions such as healthcare, law, finance etc. However, it can also occur in other areas of life, such as caregiving or parenting. Burnout can result from a variety of factors, including excessive workload, lack of control over one's work, unclear job expectations, lack of social support, and a mismatch between an individual's values and their work environment. 

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Signs and Symptoms of Burnout

   Physical:

  • Headaches

  • Brain fog

  • Gut issues

  • Tight shoulders and back

  • Tension or a feeling of holding it all in 

  • Changes in appetite

  • Weight loss or weight gain

  • Rapid or shallow breathing

  • Racing or pounding heart

  • Nausea

  • Sleeping more or less than you usually would

   Behavioural:

  • Irritability, being touchy, snappy or moody

  • Withdrawing from others

  • A feeling of detachment from work or responsibilities

  • Feeling overwhelmed by tasks that would usually feel manageable or not knowing where to start

  • Avoiding feelings by participating in behaviours like drinking, online shopping, gambling, excessive sleeping or binge eating

  • Not prioritising time to take care of yourself

  • Extending hours at work or conversely, taking many sick days

  • Self-sacrificing, e.g., regularly putting other people’s needs above your own

  • Becoming controlling and having difficulty receiving help from others

  • Difficulty creating and setting boundaries

  • Procrastination

  • Missing deadlines

  • Feeling unable to concentrate as you used to

  Emotional:

  • Resentment

  • Hopelessness

  • Jumpy

  • Emotionally numb and sad

  • Guilt

  • Shame

  • Loneliness

  • Anger

  • Frustration

  • Feeling unmotivated

  • Just couldn't be bothered with things or people you used to enjoy

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How Psychologists Can Help

Because burnout is so often caused by prolonged stress and other difficult emotional experiences such as frustration, overwhelm, overburdened by a sense of responsibility and trying to hold it all in as one soldiers on, psychologists are often the very best professionals to help to overcome, as well as prevent, burnout.

Psychologists can assist with stress management techniques such as meditation, mindfulness and other relaxation techniques. Psychologists can also be a wonderful source of impartial and helpful support when one feels unsupported or in need of emotional and nurturing care.

The aim of psychological care in a time of burnout is to regain one's mental and physical strength, as well as one's sense of joy and purpose. This may mean a re-examining of life values, mastering beneficial habits of selfcare such as time and boundary management, practising assertiveness (how to say 'no' nicely yet clearly), improving sleep and so on. Eventually the goal becomes not just to overcome this difficult time, but to prevent it from happening again to you. 

Burnout Therapy with Our Psychologists

Our experienced , compassionate and skilled psychologists at Kensington Psychology can help you cope with the symptoms of burnout and assist you in getting back on track, as well as helping you build resilience for the future.

We offer both in-person and telehealth sessions to meet you where you are at. Sometimes leaving home for an appointment can be exhausting when one is already tired, we will do everything in our power to help you effectively and in a way that suits you. Please also rest assured that we adhere to strict confidentiality and anything you say to our psychologists is completely confidential – your workplace has no way of knowing you are seeking counselling support unless you tell them.

Our friendly support team at Reception will be able to explain the different options available to you and how to go about obtaining a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, should you wish to access a Medicare rebate for your sessions. 

Our focus is on you and your well-being, and we are committed to finding you the best Psychologist for your individual needs.

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Get in touch with us...

We offer a comprehensive range of services to treat and nurture the body and mind and get you back on the path to health and well-being.

If you’re ready to reach out to the Kensington Psychology & Well-Being team, you can get in touch by calling us on 08 7006 5225 or via our Online Contact Form.

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