Counselling for burnout
Burnout is about much more than physical fatigue. As a matter of fact, physical fatigue is not a prerequisite to experiencing burnout! Burnout is characterised by three components. One, emotional exhaustion - loss of enthusiasm for your work. Two, depersonalisation - a distorted perception of oneself that leads to a lack of empathy and sometimes viewing people as objects. Three, a low sense of personal accomplishment - feeling that you’re ineffective in your work.
Burnout is not a clinical diagnosis, but prolonged burnout and stress may lead to clinical disorders such as depression.
Although your wish is probably NOT to have symptoms of burnout, the reality is that we cannot experience the absence of something. For example ,in this case, symptoms of burnout. However, we can experience things INSTEAD of these!
Furthermore, most people with burnout will likely experience moments of fulfilment, purpose and work satisfaction. Even despite the symptoms of burnout.
Without realising it, you have probably found ingenious ways of coping despite the burnout. Ways of continuing with everyday normal activities. For example, going to work, performing your work duties, engaging with clients and colleagues, despite how you feel. You may feel as if you are burnt out the whole time. The reality though is that there are times when you are experiencing at least, less of these symptoms.
Schedule an appointment (in-person or online) for psychological counselling in which you
- become aware of exceptions to these symptoms.
- can clarify what you would rather experience instead of these symptoms.
- become aware of your already existing coping behaviour. As well as resources, skills and resilience. More importantly, how you can amplify these.
- create your preferred future by engaging in hope-filled conversations.