Stress and Burnout

The quest for balance and equilibrium is a part of every human being, but in today’s fast-paced computer age we still struggle to understand the intertwining nature of our biology and emotions, the endless ways in which our personalities, feelings and thoughts both reflect and influence our existence.

Some people are born worriers, some have huge responsibilities either at home or at work, and others impose extra pressure on themselves by setting unrealistic targets, overly tight deadlines or simply taking on too much work. Perhaps you are one of these people. If you are rather ambitious, competitive and like to be in control of your life every single moment, it could well be that you find it difficult to manage your stress levels and enjoy life. Equally it is just as easy to feel anxious or panic-struck when not enough is happening in your life. Feeling isolated, ignored, rejected or redundant may be just as stressful. Either way, too much stress or stress which is constant and prolonged will inevitably lead to a feeling of distress and a sensation of physical and psychological tension.  In its turn this tension can bring about serious physiological changes which may profoundly affect the way we function in our everyday life.

In today’s stressful world where we are constantly clock-watching, where we are frustrated by queues and traffic delays, where pressure of work has increased and responsibilities are huge, but where far too little time is devoted to winding down and making sense of it all, the stress response and all of its physical and psychological consequence, subconsciously maintain us in a state of heightened alertness on almost permanent basis. Unless we take steps to manage effectively our stress, it will eventually lead to chronic ill health and feeling of malaise. Think of all the things that too much stress can cause – comfort eating, overeating and obesity; alternatively, total loss of appetite and anorexia may develop. Some people turn to more unhealthy comforters such as cigarettes or alcohol, others rely too heavily on caffeinated drinks or even recreational drugs. Tension leads to constant irritability, poor decision making and suppressed anger, many people find it difficult to concentrate, and others lose their sense of humour and can feel paranoid. That awful feeling of being unable to cope, of being unable to finish one job at a time before starting another, or crying over the least little thing, may sound all too familiar to you.

May be you can identify yourself with few of these symptoms, which you have recently been aware of and may have not considered them to be so closely linked to some conscious or subconscious stress in your life. Even if you only have two or three of these symptoms, they are unpleasant, inconvenient and unnecessary. They are an early indication that you really do need to take significant steps in learning how to effectively manage your stress.

Psychotherapy has long been considered as one of the effective ways in facilitating effective stress management. Our experienced therapists are able to offer you a way forward in experiencing life with different pace and colour. Learning how to manage your stress effectively can have a number of  positive outcomes in your life –your level of performance and efficiency will increase, your overall health will improve and if you smoke or drink, you will become less reliant on these unhealthy forms of escapism, your irritability will diminish and all that frustration and anger will simply dissipate. Any unpredictable mood swings would level out, you can become more decisive and physically more energetic, any tendency to anxiety and depression will diminish, you will soon stop thinking in black and white terms and move from a feeling of extreme pessimism to perhaps a more optimistic way of living. If you are in search of a counsellor London, contact us.