As a therapist, you have one of the most important jobs in the world. You help people heal emotionally, mentally, and sometimes physically. You are there for them when they need someone the most. But what happens when you start to feel like you can’t do it anymore? When you’re feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, both emotionally and physically? This is called burnout, and it’s a real problem for therapists. In fact, according to a recent study, nearly 50% of therapists surveyed said they had experienced burnout at some point in their careers.
Burnout can manifest itself in many ways. Maybe you’ve been working too many hours and you’re starting to feel burnt out. Or maybe you’re not taking enough time for yourself outside of work. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to recognize the signs of burnout so that you can take steps to overcome it. Otherwise, burnout can lead to even more serious problems like depression, anxiety, or even physical illness.
Signs of Burnout
There are several different signs that you may be experiencing burnout. If you’re feeling any of the following, it may be time to take a step back and reassess your situation:
This is perhaps the most common sign of burnout. If you’re feeling constantly tired, even after a full night’s sleep, it may be a sign that you’re burned out. Exhaustion can also manifest itself in other ways, such as feeling overwhelmed or stressed all the time.
Are you finding yourself snapping at your loved ones more often than usual? Are small things beginning to bother you that wouldn’t have before? If so, it could be a sign that you’re experiencing burnout.
Changes in appetite
Have you noticed that you’re either eating more or less than usual? Changes in appetite are another common sign of burnout.
Are you withdrawing from social activities or isolating yourself more than usual? If so, it could be a sign that you need some time to recharge.
Loss of motivation
If you’re no longer feeling motivated at work or in your personal life, it may be a sign that you’re burned out.
If you’re experiencing any of these signs of burnout, it’s important to take steps to address the issue head-on. Otherwise, burnout can lead to even more serious problems down the road.
Here are a few tips for overcoming burnout:
- Talk to someone. Whether it’s a trusted friend or family member, therapist, or even your doctor, talking to someone about what you’re going through can help immensely. Just knowing that someone is there for you can make all the difference.
- Take some time for yourself. Make sure to schedule some “me” time into your week. Whether it’s going for a walk outside or taking an hour-long bath, taking some time for yourself can help reduce stress and improve your mood.
- Seek professional help. If you feel like you’re struggling to overcome burnout on your own, don’t hesitate to seek professional help from a therapist or counselor. They can help give you the tools and resources you need to get back on track.
- Take action now. The sooner you address burnout ,the better . Don’t wait until it gets worse before seeking help .If you think you might be experiencing burnout , talk to someone today .
I spoke with Patrick Casale of All Things Private Practice about my burnout journey. I would love for you to listen and let me know if it resonates with you!
Leave a Reply