Stress is a normal psycho-physiological reaction to the challenges and problems that we face in life. Small doses of stress are essential for normal functioning as it can lead to motivation to act. Unfortunately, an increasing amount of people feel overwhelmed by the demands that accompany modern life. This can lead to excessive stress which can have harmful consequences for both physical as well as psychological well-being.
There are many symptoms of excessive stress including inability to concentrate, anxious or racing thoughts, headaches, rapid heartbeat, loss of sex drive, moodiness, sleep disturbances, and the use of detrimental coping mechanisms such as alcohol, smoking or drugs.
What is Burnout?
Excessive, work-related stress for prolonged periods of time can lead to emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and diminished professional productivity, a state which is colloquially known as a Burnout. Factors such as a lack of work/life balance, inadequate rest at work, lack of support from colleagues, excessive job expectations and poor leadership can all contribute to the development of a burnout.
Why is reducing stress and burnout important?
Prolonged stress will inhibit feelings of happiness and fulfillment and will prevent you from feeling connected with those you love. In addition chronic stress can make you much more susceptible to illness, insomnia, immunological dysfunction, cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal disease. Furthermore, stress may elicit detrimental behavioral changes such as smoking, unhealthy eating and less physical activity, which have further negative health consequences and can lead to more stress.
If you believe you may be suffering from excessive stress, or burnout, reach out today and get the treatment you need to overcome these unpleasant feelings.