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Burnout




Hello, everyone!

Today we're going to talk about a very important topic for all of us: Burnout.

For those who don't know it yet, Burnout is an English term meaning a state of emotional and physical exhaustion caused by chronic stress at work.

The term burnout was first coined in the 1970s by the American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger.

It means a complete lack of energy and refers to a state of exhaustion, usually linked to continuous stress caused by WORK DEMANDS.

Because it is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion, it can affect anyone who carries out activities in their work or personal life with great intensity and/or excess responsibilities.


It is common for professionals in areas that deal with a lot of pressure, such as doctors, nurses, teachers, police officers and firefighters, to experience this.

However, it can also happen to ordinary people who lead very hectic and exhausting lives.


  • Watch out for the signs, my loves, burnout develops gradually, starting with a feeling of physical and mental exhaustion, followed by a lack of motivation and pessimism.

  • As these symptoms intensify, there can be an emotional detachment from people and activities that used to bring pleasure.


Although the causes can be varied, it can be related to overwork, pressure for results or meeting unrealistic targets, lack of recognition, little support from the team or leadership, and interpersonal conflicts.


That's why it's important to be aware of the signs and seek professional help if necessary.

As soon as we become aware that we are being visited by this symptom, we can adopt some changes in our professional and personal lives, such as reducing working hours, practicing physical activity, meditation or healthy activities as far as possible.


Also consider therapy, where you can get guidance on how to deal with stress and develop emotional skills such as resilience.


Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist, studied the human personality and the relationship between the conscious and the unconscious in depth.


Finding a fulcrum between the conscious and unconscious mind in this interface between mind and body.


According to Jung, the human personality is made up of different parts, including the ego as the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious.


The ego represents our consciousness, while the personal unconscious encompasses memories, feelings and emotions that are not accessible to our consciousness.

The collective unconscious, on the other hand, represents humanity's universal tendencies, such as archetypes and symbols that go beyond each person's individual experience.


In the context of Burnout, I would like to reflect with you.

If the ego is overloaded, trying to cope with the pressures of work and external demands, WITHOUT BEING STRENGTHENED, this will lead to burnout.


The EGO is the center of consciousness, the administrator of everything in our lives.

The question is whether the EGO is strengthened to manage the activities or not.


When a person takes on a heavy load and the Ego is fragile, exhaustion and physical and mental wear and tear will automatically manifest. We need to strengthen it, observe in the course of our lives what is really essential and what is superfluous.


Make realistic and assertive choices Try to identify feelings, emotions and limiting beliefs, because when they are not identified and recognized, they can lead to stress and exhaustion.


Identifying and naming is fundamental to bringing it to a conscious level. And in this way we can re-signify and promote changes for a serene life of peace and quality.


Jung already warned about the need to balance different aspects of life, including work, leisure and personal life.

An imbalance in any of these areas can lead to physical and emotional problems, including burnout.

In his book "The Nature of the Psyche", Jung addresses the importance of recognizing and integrating the parts of the personality in order to achieve emotional balance and avoid mental health problems.


Augusto Cury, an author who has done a lot of important work not only in Brazil, but around the world, in his book Anxiety - How to Face the Evil of the Century, also talks about the importance of taking care of our mental health to avoid Burnout and other stress-related illnesses.

He points out that pressure in the workplace, combined with information overload and constant stimuli, can end up pushing us to the brink of burnout.

As a psychologist, I have accompanied many people who are experiencing burnout.

It's important to remember that this condition can affect mental health and can also have serious consequences for physical health.


That's why it's essential to deal with it properly and to repeat when you feel the need to seek professional help.

Some tips I can give you to avoid Burnout are:

taking care of your diet and sleep, practicing physical activity,

setting limits on your workload, seeking moments of rest and leisure and cultivating healthy relationships.

I always like to think that prevention is the best medicine and that taking care of your physical, emotional and mental health is everyone's responsibility.

If you're feeling stressed and exhausted, talk to a qualified professional and don't let things get to extremes.


One contribution I recommend for treating burnout is self-hypnosis.

By practicing Ericksonian self-hypnosis, it is possible to access the subconscious in order to obtain resources, resolve internal conflicts and identify opportunities for healing. It helps to improve self-esteem and self-confidence, and to relieve the tension and anxiety that can lead to burnout.


To start practicing Ericksonian self-hypnosis to treat burnout, it's important to learn how to relax your body and mind. This can be achieved through simple techniques such as deep breathing and visualization. Once the patient has mastered these techniques, they can learn to communicate with their subconscious mind to identify their needs and treat burnout.


By working with a mental health professional trained in Ericksonian hypnotherapy, the patient can develop personalized self-hypnosis that meets their specific needs. The hypnotherapist will help identify the main emotional triggers that lead to burnout and how to deal with them effectively.


Be aware that Ericksonian self-hypnosis is not a miracle cure for burnout. It's just a tool to help you control the emotional, physical and psychological symptoms associated with burnout. To fully recover, you will need to adopt a multifaceted approach involving lifestyle changes, stress management and other therapeutic techniques.


With the regular practice of Ericksonian self-hypnosis, patients can increase their emotional and physical resilience, which can help prevent future episodes of burnout. By learning to communicate with their subconscious mind, they can also discover many other inner resources and abilities to help overcome emotional, physical and psychological problems.



Now, I'm going to tell you a little bit about the symptoms.


The symptoms of burnout can vary from person to person, but generally include:


1. physical and mental exhaustion: constant feeling of tiredness, lack of energy and loss of motivation.

2. Depersonalization: feeling detached from work, disinterest in the people around you and negative, cynical attitudes.

3. Low productivity: difficulty concentrating and carrying out tasks, accompanied by a loss of quality at work.

4. Physical symptoms: headaches, insomnia, muscle pain, gastrointestinal problems and frequent colds.


Treatment for burnout can be carried out through behavioral measures, organizational changes, medication and psychotherapy


Some behavioral changes: reducing working hours, increasing free time for leisure activities, reorganizing time at work and setting clear limits for interruptions or responsibilities.


Organizational changes: developing better communication with co-workers, work-life balance, seeking psychological support for personal and professional development.


In some cases, medication may be prescribed to treat the physical or psychological symptoms that may be contributing to burnout.

But each case is different, because people are unique.


Dr. Milton H. Erickson said that each person was like a world of possibilities and that healing was already within us.

I leave you with some contributions that I use in my life, in my day-to-day life and that help me to maintain balance and healthy vital energy.

  • If you can, take some time off: it's essential to include moments of rest during the day, so that you can relax and disconnect a little from the demands of work.

These moments can be used for meditation, reading, walking or simply to spend some time in silence.

I, for example, like to take 10 minutes for myself after lunch to recover, reflect on the day and then get back to business.

  • Another contribution: exercise. In a light walk, physical exercise can improve your physical and mental conditioning, reducing stress and anxiety and increasing your sense of well-being.


  • Organize your time: organizing your time is essential to avoid overload and excessive stress.

It's important to set priorities and define a routine that balances professional and personal activities.


  • Get a good night's rest: good quality sleep is essential for restoring mental energy.


Establish a regular bedtime and wake-up time, and avoid habits that can impair sleep, such as using electronics before bed.

  • Have moments of pleasure: include activities in your routine that bring pleasure and joy, such as talking to friends, listening to music, watching movies, etc.

These moments of leisure are fundamental for recovering mental energy and reducing stress.

I know it can be challenging at first, but don't give up. With these practical tips, you can start to regain your energy and improve your quality of life.

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