Over the past few decades in the U.S., demands of workers have continued to increase, while the benefits have decreased. According to this source, the average middle-class family in the U.S. put in 11 more hours of work per week in 2006 than it did in 1979. So it’s no wonder that work burnout has become a huge problem; not only in the U.S., but also, worldwide.
Possible Signs of Work Burnout
- Sleeping significantly more or less than usual
- Spending less time with friends and family
- Feeling resentful of co-workers, clients, or management
- Frequent conflict with co-workers, clients or management
- Boredom at work
- Avoidance of tasks and procrastination
- Chronic lateness
- Feelings of overwhelm and anxiety
- Panic attacks before and at work
- Declining work performance, poor reviews
- Increased back, neck and shoulder pain
- Low self-esteem
Negative Outcomes associated with Work Burnout
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Depressive symptoms
- Emotional exhaustion
- Lack of job satisfaction
Fortunately, there is hope. There are ways to re-discover work satisfaction, and / or get the “life” of your work-life balance back.
Ways to Overcome Work Burnout
- Advocating for yourself more at work
- Setting more boundaries and saying “no” more
- Starting a “side gig”
- Engaging in hobbies that have nothing to do with work
- Intentionally making more time with family and friends
- Quitting your job
- Returning to school
- Starting a second career in a new field
How can counseling help me with burnout?
Counseling can help you narrow down your options to determine what will work best for you. Counseling can also help you learn skills to set good work-life boundaries and cope with stress.
Online counseling is especially beneficial for people who are busy and have to travel often for work. Never miss a session, even when you are working late hours, or working abroad!
Why does Rebecca specialize in treating work burnout?
I have personally experienced burnout. Some of the jobs I took early in my career placed high demands on workers for low pay, which are the perfect conditions for burnout to occur.
Because of my personal and clinical expertise with burnout, I love sharing what I’ve learned about boundary-setting, prioritization, and self-care. Achieving work-life balance is always work in progress, but it’s so much easier once you have the support and tools in place. Therapy can help give you those.