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Stress & Burnout

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What is stress and burnout & how are they linked?

While short-term stress can help people respond quickly and effectively to immediate stressors, long-term stress can harm mental and physical health. Burnout is the term used for chronic exhaustion experienced from prolonged stress. It leads to fatigue, a negative outlook, and feeling less effective in daily tasks. Although burnout is often linked to work issues, it can also be experienced in other areas of life that have high pressure.

Stress is the body's natural response to challenges, causing a "survival mode” reaction. It can come from:

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Symptoms of Burnout

Persistent fatigue, weakened immunity, body aches, sleep disturbance and appetite changes

Self-doubt, helplessness, detachment, loss of motivation, reduced
satisfaction, diminished sense of accomplishment

Isolating and withdrawing from responsibilities, procrastination,
unhealthy coping mechanisms, changes in work patterns or daily tasks

How can therapy help?

Identifying Stressors

Help pinpoint specific stressors contributing to symptoms, whether in work, relationships, or personal life

Coping Strategies and Boundaries

Collaborate in sessions to develop healthy coping strategies, set boundaries, and prioritize self-care to prevent burnout.

Communication Skills and Goal Setting

Enhance communication skills, foster assertiveness, and assist in setting realistic goals to manage workload and avoid overwhelm

Support Systems and Early Intervention

Work on building and strengthening support systems, while also helping individuals recognize and address early signs of burnout to prevent escalation

Why is Trauma-Informed Therapy Important?

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Safety & Trust

Prioritizes creating a safe and trusting environment where individuals feel secure to explore past traumas without fear.

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Emotional Regulation

Equips individuals with specialized techniques to regulate overwhelming emotions stemming from past traumas or hardships

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Empowers individuals to reclaim their sense of control and agency, facilitating the journey towards healing and recovery.

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