Often you don’t expect this diagnosis and thought you were immune to it. Acceptance, therefore, is the first thing looked at in counseling. Psychoeducation and exploration of you as a person give you insights into the factors contributing to your burnout. Reassurance also works to bring the (work) situation under the microscope. The contributing factors are always equally here to be found and named.
The first stage is to install mental rest. This comes from working on acceptance in counseling and learning to see the situation as an opportunity for change. Burnout is often a milestone in your life to clearly change your approach. Mental peace is to stop worrying, to get rid of all stress and especially your stress-inducing obligations. Easiest way to do this is by comparing it to a vacation facade. Nothing must, everything can. So mental rest sometimes means physical rest (sleeping, doing nothing) but equally physical and intellectual efforts can bring mental rest. They should be efforts that you “enjoy” yourself. Example jogging but without any competition, converting your garden project but without time pressure. It is a first step toward knowledge of your own needs.
We are often encouraged in life to do more of what we do well. These are not necessarily the things we like to do.
An exploration of our own needs and giving them sufficient place in the new life is essential to treat and prevent burnout.
We systematically introduce new behaviors that you will first apply in your personal life.
Your personality traits that contribute we look at critically. Above all, doing your best and putting others before yourself is one of the great pitfalls. Thus, you do not set boundaries for yourself and you lose control over your own interpretation of time. Counseling is an integration of different forms of therapy, adapted to your person.
In the third phase, we prepare you for your return to work. This means translating what we applied in your personal life in the middle stages into what that change means in your work environment.
Practically, we always suggest a meeting with your employer well in advance of your return to work. We give you tools to explore with your employer what you wish to change and in what proportion your employer can accommodate it. Say this is a healthy first step in learning to stand up for yourself. If desired, we as facilitators can take an active role in this.
Not infrequently, the recovery process from burnout is an awakening that leads to a different line of work as well as a different employer.
In the workplace… Occupational problems are addressed with the greatest effectiveness in the workplace itself. For this, we move (as far as possible) to your workplace to work with real-life situations through a direct approach. These are identified, patterns are uncovered, communication skills are honed, and then very targeted work can be done to change behavior. Management, supervisors and close colleagues can be involved with your permission, so that your process can be supported as broadly as possible and your workplace no longer forms an obstacle, e.g. by adapting movement possibilities, variation in tasks and support in time management, planning, organization and administration.