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 and relationships.
Main symptoms are:
- Physical and mental exhaustion
- General feelings of fear and/or panic attacks
- Irritability, feelings of anger
- Sleeping problems
- Physical problems and decreased efficacy
- Less motivation (loss of interest, motivation, demoralisation and feelings of depression)
- Less or no need for social contacts (withdrawing)
It is advisable to intervene when the first symptoms make themselves known. The longer you negate above mentioned signals, unfortunately the longer it will take to get back to normal.
Therapy helps getting better aware of your own needs, of your possible pitfalls, and the causes of your current situation. Evidence based together with more traditional approaches focus mainly on stress-management, time-management, an increase of your assertiveness – and very importantly, having or finding a (new?) sense of purpose.
Burn-out is thus non so much a pathology, but very frequently an expression of a possible underlying existential struggle in life. Correlated with it is often the lack of recognition and inability to draw healthy boundaries and the capacity to make choices.
If you take the time and make the effort to look at your existential needs/desires these feelings of stress can diminish within quite a short time.
The added value of a transpersonal approach, like that of psychosynthesis is that burn-out is not seen as an illness but as a wake up call to align your life with who you are in essence.
If you recognize yourself in some of the above described symptoms don’t hesitate and get in touch for a consultation which will offer you some insights in your situation and offer some greater peace of mind.
Sense of Meaning
I am deeply awed and passionate about the potential of human beings and dedicated part of my Master’s studies to this theme (see biography).
My research was focused on the quest for our inner sense of being, with what it means to reach out and be in touch with the most sublime part of ourselves, living out our full potential. We are all unique, with our own place in the bigger picture. We are here for a reason, and our contribution, whatever it might be, counts!
What will your verse be in this life?
(from “Dead Poets Society”)
Being able to find and follow our own unique life path!
Obviously it is much easier to conform and walk the most used path instead of having to create our own. But we pay a high price for this, we lose our authenticity.
If we take it on us, instead, to dare listen to our inner voice, our calling, we are better able to understand the meaning of what we encounter in life. Then our life is in alignment with out inner landscape, with who we really are. This is a more stable source of wellbeing, that is not easily shaken and disrupted door external factors.
If you wish to follow your own path too, and want to learn to trust (more) your inner voice, get in touch.
For more details on my approach see here.