Burnout takes place when a person ends up feeling tired, out of energy and disillusioned. People who feel burnt out often have difficulties maintaining the energy to care like they once did. This is caused when people experience stress that is continuous.

Burnout is often associated with three general factors. Personality traits such as perfectionism and pessimism, work-
related burnout caused by poor work boundaries and lack of recognition of hard work, and lifestyle burnout related to a lack of sleep, overcommitment and lack of support.

Workaholism and burnout are highly correlated. Some people get caught up in a viscous cycle of trying to be noticed by an unappreciative employer. There are also employers who have difficulties maintaining or establishing boundaries with their employees. Ongoing stress related to the pressures of being a supervisor leads to burnout for many people.

You may want to consider seeing a counselor for burnout if you experience any of the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Indifference
  • More bad days than good days
  • Boredom
  • Feeling unappreciated
  • Irritability
  • Dread of going to work
  • Disengaged

Counseling at Vantage Point can help clients examine sources of burnout and find ways to overcome these problems. Looking at both external and internal factors that lead to being burned out are identified and addressed. Clients learn ways to better take care of themselves physically and emotionally and to better manage their day-to-day stress.  Clients also gain a better understanding of boundaries and are taught ways to become more assertive.

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Therapy for Burnout February 10, 2012