Do you feel at or past your breaking point? It's estimated we spend over 3,500 days at work during our lifetime, so it's fair to say that workplace wellbeing matters. And yet far too many of us deal with overwhelming workplace stress and burnout. The good news is that talk therapy helps you change all this.
How can counselling help turn burnout around?
Together with your therapist you can explore the factors that are causing you to feel job-related stress, dissatisfaction and burnout. Your therapist can help you recognise the resources you already have to deal with such problems, and look at ways to put them into action. You can learn tools to combat and prevent future stress, such as setting boundaries, realistic goal-setting, prioritization, and how to incorporate mindfulness.
Your therapist might also use CBT techniques to help you recognise and change the negative unconscious beliefs (distorted thinking) that underlie your difficulties.
Counselling can help you manage and overcome your burnout by:
- Identifying the underlying causes of your burnout
- Developing practical strategies to manage your symptoms
- Improving your ability to handle pressure and difficult situations
- Enhancing your self-esteem and assertiveness
- Building resilience towards pressures and preventing future burnout
What sorts of issues can burnout counselling help me with?
- anger management issues
- career decisions
- dealing with difficult employees
- decision making skills
- finding work/life balance
- impostor syndrome
- improving relationships with colleagues
- job dissatisfaction or new career direction
- lack of life purpose
- low confidence
- managing high stress levels
- planning retirement
- performance anxiety and public speaking
- stress from redundancy
- workplace bullying
Counselling for stress at work at Harley Therapy™ London
At Harley TherapyTM our hand-selected team of expert therapists all have at least ten years of experience helping a wide range of clients navigating high-powered jobs and demanding careers. We help directors, CEOs, entrepreneurs, senior management and other professionals to be their best selves and gain the upperhand on burnout. Note that all of the therapists are trained in several forms of talk therapy and can directly target therapy to suit your unique needs.
Ready to take the first step?
If you're ready to take the first step towards overcoming your burnout, we're here to help. Call us now on 020 8003 4211 to discuss how we can help you, or use our online booking form now to make a first appointment.
Our elegant and comfortable offices are located in Harley Street, London Bridge, and the City (Liverpool Street), and we also offer sessions online. Don't let burnout overshadow your life – reach out for support today. We look forward to working with you!
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Further reading on stress and burnout at work
- Tips for combating workplace & executive stress
- The stress of choosing the wrong career path - What now?
- Manage your manager: How to deal with a difficult boss
- I don't want to work anymore - What's wrong with me?
- Made redundant? Coping with losing work
- Mental health in the workplace - how to protect yours
- Impostor syndrome - Is it sabotaging your career?
- Help, my job is killing me! Work and losing the will to live
- Are you a difficult employee? The real reasons and what to do next
- ‘Overcoming Your Workplace Stress: A CBT based Self Help Guide. Martin Bamber, 2011.
- ‘Chained to the Desk: A Guidebook for Workaholics, their partners and children, and the Clinicians who Treat them’. Bryan E Robinson, 2007.
"Mental health at work statistics". The Office of National Statistics (ONS).View the Experts
Issues for Burnout Therapy
- anger management issues
- assertiveness problems
- bullying in the workplace
- career choices
- changing jobs
- communicating better
- conflict at work
- difficult colleagues
- high stress levels
- impostor syndrome
- job dissatisfaction
- lack of confidence
- managing others
- performance anxiety
- saying no / setting boundaries
- transitioning to retirement
- work/life balance
- workplace relationships.
What is burnout?
Burnout is a growing concern in today's fast-paced work culture. It happens when you feel completely overwhelmed and are unable to meet the demands of your life. You may feel like all of your energy has disappeared along with your interest and motivation, leaving you feeling hopeless and with nothing more to give. This feeling might happen suddenly but is usually a gradual process that develops over time.
What causes burnout?
Burnout happens because of a number of varying reasons, some of which intersect. These can include:
- an excessive workload
- lack of control in your job
- insufficient support or recognition in your role
- poor work-life balance.
Burnout often gets worse and can overlap with other mental health conditions like anxiety, depression and addictions.
What are the signs and symptoms of burnout?
You may notice a range of physical and emotional symptoms, including:
- Feeling exhausted
- Feeling cynical and detached
- Feeling irritable
- Being less productivity
- Having difficulty in concentrating
- Bodily symptoms, such as headaches, muscle tension, stomach problems, sleep issues, increased or lowered appetite, reduced libido, ongoing colds and flus
And finally, stress at work or issues related to our career can also do untold damage to our relationships. This is not just our workplace relationships. We take home our stress to our family, and it affects our parenting and our friendships.
How to overcome burnout from work?
There is no single way to overcome burnout, and there are various treatments for burnout.
One approach is to talk to your employer about your situation. This can involve establishing clear boundaries, delegating tasks, or negotiating a more flexible schedule. It's important to communicate your needs in a respectful yet assertive manner.
Self-management is another key strategy for reducing burnout. This can involve self-care activities (yoga and meditation included), and adopting healthy habits like regular exercise, good nutrition, and adequate sleep.
If you're struggling to cope with burnout on your own, seeking professional help can be life-saving. Different types of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), psychotherapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), have been shown to be effective in treating burnout.