Job Stress & Burnout



Understanding Job Stress & Burnout

Many of us work well over 40 hours a week. By the time you work 8 hours a day plus get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a night, that leaves only 8 hours left in the day, during which you’re supposed to find time to see your family, catch up with your friends, cook and eat all your meals, get some movement in, and somehow find time to unwind and relax. This doesn’t account for the time it takes to drive, shower, do laundry, clean your house, etc. This also doesn’t account for the fact that many of us work more than 40 hours a week. 

With all this in mind, it’s no wonder that burnout is on the rise. In a study of 10,000 people across the globe, 70% of them reported experiencing burnout within the past year. Burnout happens when we reach a state of physical and/or mental depletion and exhaustion. Some symptoms of burnout include the following: 

  • Irritability (not just about work, but about all parts of life)
  • Forgetfulness 
  • Feeling very overwhelmed by even the smallest tasks
  • Isolating oneself
  • Feeling like you want to run away from life
  • Feeling suicidal 

When we are living in a state of burnout, our cortisol levels (our stress hormone) are typically very high, and when our cortisol levels are too high for an extended period of time, it starts to cause serious health complications. 

Burnout doesn’t just happen from repeatedly feeling like you do not have enough time in the day. It can also happen when your job or other areas of your life become stressful on a regular basis. We spend a large part of our weeks at our jobs, and if you’re unhappy at work or feel chronically stressed out, it can take a major toll on your mental health. 

Job Stress and Job Burnout Treatment Approach

At SYTI counseling, we understand how debilitating burnout and job stress can be. We bring our expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help alleviate the symptoms of burnout. One reason why burnout occurs can be due to difficulty with setting boundaries with oneself or with others either at home or at work. Our counselors are trained in how to teach you about creating and enforcing boundaries that help keep you happy and healthy. We are here to help you create a better balance in your life, both on and off the job. 

Scheduling and More Information

If you are seeking help for job stress and job burnout, please click here to book a therapy appointment with a See You Through It Counseling therapist.

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