Different types of integrative therapy

We have all heard about burnout syndrome at least once in our lives. Maybe some of us also lived it on our own skin and we can definitely say it is very unpleasant and also a threat to our health. Burnout syndrome is more and more common among young adults today therefore, in today’s article we’ll open up this topic and see how we can help with it. 

What is burnout? 

Burnout is a psychological syndrome that occurs as a prolonged response to chronic interpersonal stressors, especially at work. 

More than intense stress, burnout syndrome combines emotional and cognitive changes, causes depersonalization and an overwhelming state of exhaustion, feelings of cynicism and detachment, and a sense of inefficiency and lack of accomplishment. People in burnout completely lose their motivation and energy.

The term `burnout` was first mentioned by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger in his 1974 book Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement. 

Types of burnout

There are three types of burnout:

  • Individual burnout – is caused by excessive negative self-talk, neurosis, and perfectionism. When you set extremely high standards for yourself or think that nothing you do is good enough.
  • Interpersonal burnout – is caused by difficult relationships with others at work or at home. It is not uncommon for an aggressive or hostile boss or co-worker to aggravate existing stress at work to the point of exhaustion.
  • Organizational burnout – is caused by poor organization, extreme requirements, and unrealistic deadlines, which make you feel that you are missing the deadline and that your job is in jeopardy.

What causes burnout? 

An interesting fact is that genetic predispositions can also make some people be at increased risk for this syndrome. Also, difficult life experiences such as trauma, divorce, or death can also be triggers for burnout. 

But usually, when people talk about burnout, they refer to the workplace and therefore professional burnout. Some factors such as excessive time pressure, lack of appreciation for the work done or large workload are considered to be triggers for burnout symptoms. 

Also, some personality traits such as pessimism, perfectionism, emotional lability, reduced ability to adapt to stressful situations, the need to have control, and competitiveness can also have a negative contribution and can cause the beginning of burnout. 

People, work processes, and personality traits significantly influence the margin of tolerance and reactivity to stress. There is a bias around burnout syndrome that makes people feel that it is caused solely by workload or inability to cope with stress. But in many cases, the factors are beyond our control. That is why it is important to remember that exhaustion is rarely, in its entirety, caused by the choices we make.

There are also causes related to lifestyle such as insufficient free time, lack of necessary hours of rest and sleep, lack of hours reserved for family, sports and relaxation, unhealthy diet.

Symptoms 

The first three signs are exhaustion, detachment, and inefficiency – but they are not always easy to self-diagnose. 

Mental or physical fatigue – the first thing you may notice when you are exhausted is that you are tired all the time. Exhaustion and depression share many of the same symptoms. In fact, uncontrolled exhaustion can quickly turn into chronic depression and can begin to infiltrate every aspect of your life. The lack of energy, of weakness, is manifested from the first hours of the morning, you can wake up restless, without the desire to work, any task seems to require more energy than you have at that moment. This type of mental exhaustion can manifest itself physically, with an increased vulnerability to cold and flu, nausea, and headaches. So listen to your body.

Cynicism and detachment – happen if you are constantly preoccupied with thoughts about how to get rid of work and projects or if you feel a lack of caring. There may be other ways to express this condition, such as increased pessimism, lack of trust in colleagues, friends, and family, feelings of isolation, and disconnection from others and your environment.

Decreased professional or school performance is a consequence of prolonged exhaustion and impaired nerve circuits in the prefrontal cortex in the context of prolonged stress that escapes the control of the employee or student.

Lack of motivation – you do not find the inner springs, the enthusiasm to perform the tasks at work, you perform them with difficulty, delay, or incompleteness.

Obsessive-Compulsive Work – burnout is often reflected in continuing worries and performing tasks even after work hours, in free time, to recover from delays. But these activities are carried out to the detriment of the hours of relaxation and relaxation of the body.

How can biofeedback help? 

Biofeedback devices that work with the electromagnetic waves emitted by the human body, can identify the specific stress factors that cause burnout and they help reduce them. 

Through the Matrix of a device like NUCLEUS, for example, the multiple programs can help relieve stress and exhaustion from the very first session. 

Besides stressors, lack of time is another key source of exhaustion that leads to burnout. Therefore, a person should review priorities regularly to make sure they are realistic, valid, and connected to larger goals. When in a biofeedback therapy session, the therapist can help you with this problem and is a very suitable person to talk to if you’re having problems with time management. 

While the very first biofeedback session for burnout symptoms will definitely make you more relaxed and relieved, some personal changes must also be done. Find a support network, people you trust. 

You’ll need to create a day-end ritual to separate work from your personal time, in order to disconnect and reconnect correctly. A weekly biofeedback session must be a part of this ritual because burnout can have long-lasting effects if not identified in time and treated shortly. 

For long-term recovery, human connection is essential to prevent exhaustion. By understanding what causes burnout syndrome, how it manifests in our daily lives, and how you can prevent, counteract and recover from it, you can commit to a healthier life at work and at home.