You feel emotionally exhausted, cynical, or detached from your job. You feel like you can't accomplish anything. Your motivation has hit rock bottom and you're not performing as well as you used to.
If these statements ring true for you, you’re likely experiencing burnout. So many Chicago-based professionals are working past their limits and dealing with the consequences of burnout, and the worst part is that once you’re in it, it feels like you’ll never recover. People tell you to engage in self-care, but who has time for that?
The good news is that you *can* recover from burnout. There are ways of doing self-care that fit into a busy schedule. One of the most important steps to recovery is to find a therapist who understands burnout. You can do a lot of self-care on your own, but you will make major strides once you find a supportive therapist you trust who can guide you through the healing process.
1. Therapy Lets Busy Chicago Professionals Talk Through Their Burnout And Design A Recovery Plan
It’s hard to find a safe space to talk about your burnout. You don’t want to burden your family and friends and probably don’t feel safe talking to your coworkers. But processing what you’re going through is a big part of healing. A therapist is there specifically to listen to you, and you never have to feel bad about laying your problems out for them.
But it doesn’t stop there. The more you open up and tell your therapist about your situation, the better they will understand your needs, and from there they can help you create a realistic plan to address your burnout.
Recovering from this mental state takes a lot of intentionality and careful planning; it’s not just about bubble baths and cake. A therapist understands your hang-ups and will guide you while you figure out how to heal from burnout in a way that works for you and your lifestyle.
2. Therapy Helps Professionals In Chicago Identify What's Most Important To Them
Often, burnout starts because we just keep saying yes to more and more things. You may start in a job you love that lifts you up. But projects keep drifting in, and new duties get assigned, and suddenly it’s not the same job and it’s draining the life out of you.
Your therapist will learn about you so they understand what things are the most important, and they will help you simplify things so you can focus on what really matters, not just what you think *should* matter.
When our plates are full, we think we can’t drop anything. But your therapist has an objective perspective and can help you figure out what you can let go so you can prioritize the things that are the most important to you.
3. Therapy Can Help Chicago-based Professionals Learn About Triggers, Limits, And Boundaries
Burnout isn’t just getting busy. It’s getting busy with things that drain you. It’s running out of energy and not being able to compensate. So it’s important to identify what things cause you to hit burnout the fastest or worst. What triggers the overwhelm that just knocks you over? Once you know that, you can figure out how to avoid those triggers or how to cope with them when you can’t avoid them.
Once you know your triggers, your therapist can help you learn your limits and boundaries and teach you how to protect them. Burnout happens to so many professionals because they never learned how to set boundaries for their own comfort and happiness. In therapy you can explore the kinds of boundaries you need, Then you’ll talk about how to enforce them to protect yourself from future burnout.
Many accomplished professionals deal with burnout. Anywhere you look in Chicago there are exhausted and successful people who are just barely hanging on. And as a society we tend to put the burden for recovery on the person who’s burnt out. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
If you’re ready to take your life back, reach out to a therapist. They’ll support your recovery and help you dodge more problems in the future.
If you live in or near Chicago, you can reach out to the trained therapists at Marble Wellness. Our team is experienced with helping people navigate burnout, and we would love to help you take your life back.
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