Stress and Burnout Counselling and Coaching
We’ve been providing stress and burnout counselling and coaching to our private clients since 2009. We started to provide it to companies in 2013. More and more we've noticed that while some employees have an interest in and would like stress and burnout coaching and counselling, they just don’t want it in the workplace. They prefer more privacy.
Our goal is to create health and wellbeing for all, if that means providing extra private coaching and counselling services, that’s what we'll do.
What is stress?Stress is a vague concept which most of us find difficult to grasp. Our perception of stress is subjective; what is stressful for us may not be stressful for others and what provokes a stress response in us may not provoke a stress response in others. Most of us describe stress as frustration, anger, anxiety or even feeling pressured. Frustration and anger are emotions, not stress. Anxiety is being afraid; the emotion is fear. Feeling pressure can be a sign we’re losing control. These are emotional signs and symptoms of our stress response. We will always have stressors in our lives, so we need to learn to cope with them.
Why stress mattersWe are all forced to live with stress but very few of us understand what it is and how it makes us physically and mentally ill. Does this matter? Yes, because studies have shown that stress can cause physical illness; from heart disease to Alzheimer’s disease and very real psychological illnesses including anxiety, depression, burnout and more. These are very serious illnesses which affect not only the quality of our own lives but also the lives of the people close to us. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the stressors in your life, get help, do not let the stress burn you out.
What is the stress response?When we find something stressful we automatically trigger our acute stress response; this is a combination of our biological, physiological, psychological and behavioural stress responses. We trigger this stress response every time we think we have been threatened on some real, perceived, physical or emotional level. This is an automatic unconscious response triggered when we feel overwhelmed by the stressors in our lives.
Initially, we trigger our acute stress response or our short-term stress response but if this short-term stressor is not resolved and we stay in a state of acute stress response, after a period of time our brain will automatically switch from this short-term stress response to our long-term chronic stress response because it has not been able to trigger the body's 'rest and restore hormones'. We are now in chronic stress response and in full attack mode. If we ignore the physical and psychological signs and symptoms of our long-term chronic stress response we will burn out; we will get physically and psychologically ill.
What is burnout?Burnout begins when we ignore the signs and symptoms of our long-term chronic stress response. Possible signs and symptoms are; fatigue, lack of motivation, no interest, irritability, depression, lack of sleep, eating issues, headaches, stomach problems, back pain, worrying, overindulgence of alcohol, cigarettes or drugs and more. Prolonged, repeated biological, physiological, psychological and behavioural stress responses wear our bodies and minds down.
Burnout is actually the ‘burning out’ of our stress response system. In burnout, our body and mind are no longer able to respond to stress so they shut down, when this happens we are physically and mentally exhausted.
Burnout is no joke, it will take up to 8-9 months to physically and mentally recover from burnout. If you are suffering from burnout, you will need guidance and support to get through the difficult times and help you recover. In burnout recovery, energy levels must be monitored carefully as well as sleep, diet, nutrition, exercise and recreation.