Stress & Burnout: Signs, Symptoms & Support in York, Manchester & online
What is Stress & Burnout?
Stress is a natural reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure, it produces feelings of being overwhelmed and not being able to cope as things feel ‘too much’. We all deal with stress differently and everyone has different tolerances and abilities to cope.
Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion, caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It can make you feel emotionally drained and as though you have nothing more to give.
Burnout often stems from extended pressure at work, but anyone who feels overworked, struggling with too many responsibilities or feeling undervalued is at risk.
Symptoms of Stress & Burnout
Not everyone will feel the same, and signs of stress and burnout can display in different ways.
Symptoms can include feeling:
Unable to concentrate
Unable to feel productive
Symptoms of Burnout can cause:
You to turn to food, drugs or alcohol to cope.
How to deal with Stress & Burnout
Most of us have days where we feel a bit overloaded, unmotivated, and exhausted, but if you feel like this most, or all the time, you might be burned out. Learning how to actively manage your stress levels is important to prevent burnout and preserve your personal wellbeing.
Here are some techniques that you could use to help manage stress and burnout:
Plan-ahead and split up big tasks into smaller ones to prevent overwhelm – give yourself credit for completing each little goal.
Practise mindful or relaxation exercises.
Make time for positivity – try reflecting on what you are thankful for at the end of a day, you might find a gratitude journal helps.
Take time to relax and make time for things you enjoy – this is just as important as your other responsibilities!
Prioritise self-care and wellbeing – eat a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, and engaging in healthy sleep habits.
Talk to someone – speak to your boss, a friend or family member about how you are feeling and reach out to them for support.
How we can help with Stress & Burnout
Burnout isn’t something which goes away on its own. It’s always better to talk about your anxieties or stresses sooner rather than later. Ignoring signs of burnout will cause it to worsen and can cause further harm to your physical and mental health.
If you are experiencing burnout and are having difficulty finding your way out, struggling with self-help techniques and feel in need of support then it may be time to seek professional help.
Our team of expert therapists can offer you a range of specialist psychological therapies to suit your needs. Our starting point for therapy is to offer an individual consultation to think with you about your worries or concerns and identify the approach to therapy that is most likely to help.
As an independent therapy service, we are delighted to be able to provide a highly personalised approach, informed by clinical research and best practice, professional expertise, and your own preferences.
We understand that seeking therapy can be daunting and that taking the first step can be challenging. We have a team of trained experts who can work with you to design a bespoke and flexible treatment that works best, which is available at our clinics in York, Manchester and online.
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