Meaningful work will help prevent burnout

My article in last months echo


What is burnout? this is a question I get asked a lot from many of my patients.
What is interesting is that the real question is not what it is but who can get it and why.
Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress. though it’s most often caused by problems at work, it can also appear in other areas of life, such as parenting, caretaking, or romantic relationships.
Many of the people who talk to me about this are looking after others, parents, children etc and may not be physically going to work. they say to me, “Ishbel, I feel like I am reaching the end of my rope or running on empty” and what they mean is they are burning out.
an essential component of managing burnout, is recognising that it is not simply a result of working long hours or juggling too many tasks.
the cynicism, depression and lethargy that are characteristic of burnout most often occur when a person is not in control of how a ‘job’ is carried out, or asked to complete tasks that conflict with their sense of self.
Burnout comes with a mountain of mental and physical health problems, including headaches, fatigue, heartburn, and other gastrointestinal symptoms, as well as increased potential for alcohol, drug, or food misuse.
to counter burnout, having a sense of purpose, or feeling as if one is making the world a better place are all valuable. Often, meaningfulness can counteract the negative aspects of a job. Other motivators include autonomy, as well as a good challenge but the
most important prevention is simply slowing down, taking the foot of the gas and giving yourself permission to reduce a little expectation.

As experts in the field of Addiction and mental wellbeing, I Straker Consultants are focused on offering a bespoke service to our patients, combining clinically evidenced therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy as well as a prescribing service if appropriate. We work with people who are both physically and/or psychologically impacted by mental health issues or addiction. Working together with the patient to set goals through 1:1 therapies, whilst working within national guidance frameworks. Additionally, we have a wide range of onward referral pathways to ensure continuation of care. If you are looking for a mental health therapist in Liverpool, please contact us now.

Please visit us here for more information: http://www.ishbelstraker.co.uk/#service-wrapper

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