The term burnout is used in a lot of professional fields
But one does not have to be a professional to experience this very real and very debilitating issue.
Burnout is perhaps best described as the result of multiple "stressors", which are chronic in nature and have been experienced by an individual over an extended period of time.
In a professional sense burnout tends to occur in people who are highly motivated and driven. They want to exceed or excel at their jobs, and take on additional roles or responsibilities and continue to put pressure on themselves to succeed. Most of these people are well-known in their companies, if not in their industries. They are often touted as role models, which also adds to the stress they experience.
These are the professionals that are first at work in the morning, and last to leave at night. They are working on all the projects, involved in all teams and meetings, and always work to exceed expectations. They often do this to the point of not having a life outside of the job, which may include abandoning family and friends, ending relationships and disconnecting from everything they used to do for fun and entertainment. They do not take holidays and are always available, if there is a question or a problem needs to be solved.
At the same time, these are also people who begin to resent their job. The dream career they wanted to do so well at has now become all-consuming, of their life and time. While on one hand they want to let it go, they have literally become the job and it is their personal identity, which builds more resentment and feelings of being trapped or helpless in the situation.
Burnout on a Personal as well as Professional Level
Burnout is increasingly common on a personal level as well. People may take on additional roles in the family, including being a carer for an elderly family member or staying at home to look after the kids, while also working full or part-time.
Chronic worries about money, relationships and the future add to levels of stress, creating a burnout situation that seems insurmountable. These individuals may go to work to get away from stress at home, only to find work is a stressful place as well... which doubles the issue they are struggling to manage.
This leads to performance issues, the very thing that these individuals fear. It can also be linked to mental and physical health risks, including digestive issues, chronic fatigue, cardiovascular disease, anxiety issues and depression.
Treatment and Support
Through effective and focussed psychotherapy and counselling treatment, the professionals at The London Practice on Harley Street work to help individuals bring their lives back into balance. This often starts with exploring what is important, in reconnecting with values and exploring why specific issues trigger the need to go overboard, with work or at home.
Through conversations with a counsellor or therapist, clients can create a realistic structure and plan to bring balance back into their life. Mindfulness, meditation and relaxation techniques combined with setting personal boundaries to build in "you time", are all essential parts of the therapeutic process.
Contact us to find out more about how we might be able to help. Call us on 07809 668193, or use our secure email contact form.