Stress occurs when the demands of our lives become too great for us to cope with. It can manifest in a number of different ways, but there are usually mental, emotional, physical and behavioural responses to stress - such as thinking negatively, feeling irritable, experiencing fatigue, and drinking more alcohol to cope.
Burnout is a form of exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged emotional and physical stress. It's the stage beyond stress, where we now feel overwhelmed. Stress often involves doing too much, whereas once we reach burnout it can often swing the other way where we're now not doing enough as a result of how we feel.
Burnout can look like emotional exhaustion (fatigue, anxiety, irritability), disconnection (isolation, lack of empathy, loss of enjoyment, pessimism), and decreased motivation (poor performance, lack of productivity, lack of purpose).
In terms of our behaviour, stress can look like restlessness, withdrawal, avoidance, substance use, accident prone, and putting things off.
In terms of our body, stress can look like fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, skin irritation, frequent illnesses, and a tight chest.
In terms of our emotions, stress can look like a loss of confidence, apprehension, indifference, depression, anxiety, and irritability.
In terms of our thinking, stress can look like worrying, indecision, negativity, foggy thinking, hasty decisions, and impaired judgement.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Stress and Burnout begins with understanding how your stress developed, how it presents itself, and what maintains it.
We then work on building healthy coping strategies and bringing more balance into your life using a variety of CBT tools and techniques (and I can include Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy techniques too if useful).
And lastly we focus on identifying what your signature stress response is, so that you can spot any future early warning signs of stress occurring and prevent burnout.
Be able to prioritise your mental health and find more balance in your life
Learn how to set and implement healthy boundaries so that you don't become overwhelmed
Understand your signature stress response to stop early warning signs of burnout
Learn healthy coping strategies that don't leave you feeling even worse
Break bad habits and stop falling into the same old vicious cycles
Learn how to manage stress so that it doesn't take over your life