Therapists in Orlando see all too often the adverse effects of burn out. Work stress and mental fatigue from increasing work-loads can wreak havoc on your anxiety levels. Orlando therapy with a professional can help you navigate the negative emotions surrounding work stress. Even people who love their job or career experience burn out. The signs can be seen in how you begin to interact with your family, spouse, or friends. If you have started avoiding certain social outings because you can’t be in the moment, that is a problem too. Balancing work, life, and your own needs can be a tricky road to navigate, but with the help of a therapist in Orlando you can pave the way with ease.
What are some ways that work stress shows up for you? Anxiety, exhaustion, inability to relax, insomnia, dread, hopelessness, or feelings of being “stuck?” You don’t have to live like that or wake up each day dreading the routine of going to work. There are a few ways you can start changing things now with some helpful Orlando therapy advice:
Did you know that your perception of stress can matter more than your actual stress factor? What does this mean? This means that if you can begin to shift your concept of what stress means to you into a more positive perception, then the effects of stress may lighten. What therapists in Orlando know about stress and teach in therapy is how to identify good and bad stress. They help you sort out the thinking patterns that can lead to negative beliefs of stress and the reactions that follow. You can also begin to identify the underlying reasons you might be having a hard time dealing with work stress and help you to map out an action plan to change them.
Having positive outlets are critical to being able to deal with any type of external pressures or demands. It’s important to have exercise daily (not matter for how long, even a brisk 10-minute walk counts), breaks for breathing and decompressing, and activities that you look forward to every day. For some, that can be as simple as watching a favorite show later that night, seeing their spouse, or planning for a mini-vacation or trip to the beach. Positive outlets should be sprinkled throughout your daily, weekly, or long-term routines in life so that you have a fair amount of balance between work and play.
Probably the most common thing that a therapist in Orlando helps people with is boundaries. What are boundaries? Boundaries are imaginary or physical borders that you set to help protect YOU from burn-out. Work stress can magnify when you don’t have the ability to say “No” or want to please everyone all the time. This habit depletes you of your own emotional and physical energy, leaving you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and dreading the days ahead. Taking a quick inventory on where you can exercise and implement better boundaries can have a huge positive impact on your stress level.
Change isn’t easy, but with time and the right reinforcements, you can begin to establish lasting habits. The new habits that you learn to implement will have a profound impact on how you manage your daily work stress. This will in turn create a positive overflow into other areas of your life. The hardest part for some people is asking for help, but it can be the quickest way to see things from an objective perspective. When you have this new outlook, you can begin to create the best action plan for your unique situation and start working it right away.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.