It seems like the word "burnout" is everywhere these days.
Burnout is common - no one is immune to burnout - but it is a particularly common experience for those in helping professions. If you are a nurse, a doctor, a social worker, a teacher, a pastor, a therapist, a counselor, or work in any role that focuses on investing in the well-being of others – it is not crazy that spending your days continuously giving leaves you feeling exhausted in a unique way.
But just because burnout is common, it doesn't have to be normal or ok or tolerable for you to continue living with.
Common signs of burnout include:
Feeling uncomfortable even considering seeking help for burnout, because YOU are supposed to be the one that helps others
Comparing your own stress to the experiences of the individuals you are working with on a daily basis (ie: “I should be able to handle this, it’s not as bad as….”)
Frequently thinking through worst case scenarios and crisis management in your personal life
Feeling numb to emotions
Not wanting to talk about your job with anyone in your personal life in order to protect them from the things you see and hear at work
Often wondering if there is anything good or productive happening in the world
Thinking about leaving your profession in order to survive, even though you love the work that you do
Feeling like no matter what you do to help, it doesn’t seem to be enough
If parts (or all) of this list sound familiar to you – you may be experiencing burnout.
I have helped numerous clients find ways to manage their burnout so that they can continue working in the jobs that they love. Contact me to schedule a 10 minute phone consultation, and we can talk about how you can take steps toward experiencing relief.