Stress in moderate amount is the spice of life, but, an excessive amount of stress, for a long period is problematic. When we are constantly rushing about, high on adrenaline, working on emergency mode, we may be suffering from chronic stress or even burnout. Our body and mind are paying the price. If you are feeling worried, frazzled and often overwhelmed, it may be time to seek the help of a psychologist for an assessment and strategies to ease chronic stress or burnout.
Both chronic stress and burnout can occur in response to everyday stressors as well as to exposure to traumatic events. Chronic stress and burnout are both the result of unrelenting stress, but the symptoms of burnout are different from chronic stress. Chronic stress refers to being involved with dealing with many demands impacting us physically and mentally, while burnout is when we disengaged and pull away from what we used to care about, due, to emotional exhaustion.
What is Chronic Stress?
Chronic stress is defined as the uncomfortable response to emotional pressure experienced over a long period, where one perceives little or not control over the stressors. It is often described as the feeling of being overwhelmed, worried and run-down, which create physical and psychological concerns. The stress response triggers biochemical, physiological, cognitive and behavioural changes. Normally stress boosts our energy to provide us with the drive to deal with challenges like exam or deadlines. However, an extreme amount of stress, over a long period, has detrimental consequences for the cardiovascular, immune, neuroendocrine and central nervous systems, negatively impacting our physical and mental health.
What is Burnout?
We experience burnout when we live under constant stress for a long period, where we begin to feel helpless, disillusioned, and completely exhausted. Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental depletion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest and motivation that led you to want to take on a certain role in the first place. Burnout reduces productivity and drains your energy, leaving you feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Eventually, you may feel like you have nothing more to give.
When we feel burned out, the problems seem insurmountable, everything looks bleak, and it’s difficult to muster up the energy to care, let alone take action to help our self. In burnout mode, our whole life is impacted. We feel unhappy and detached which can threaten our job, our relationships, and our health. So, it is important to recognise the symptoms so you can take steps to regain your balance and to start to feel positive and hopeful again.
How our psychologist can help
If you think that you are suffering from chronic stress or burnout, it is important to reach out to your GP or psychologist for an assessment and treatment. Research has shown that chronic stress and burnout can be reduced with appropriate interventions such as occupational, lifestyle and behavior change as well as therapy and in some situations, medication. Our psychologist can help you to identify the cause of the excessive stress and overcome the challenges, so you can live a healthy life, manage stress and burnout effectively, preventing future relapse.
Mindfulness, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, are all evidenced-based approaches, to assist in reducing chronic stress and burnout.
Our psychologist will listen to you and will provide an assessment, and strategies to meet your specific needs and circumstances. You will be given appropriate handouts and access to mp3 audio to assist in the practice of the tools and strategies. Together, we will explore practical and effective ways to resolve your challenges. The aim is to assist you to build emotional resources to enable you to gain greater resilience, motivation and well-being.
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