If you answered yes to some of these questions, it’s likely you’ve experienced a period of professional burnout.
Leslie Stewart, PhD, LPC, says this is completely normal and to be expected.
Well, that’s good news and bad news.
Let’s start with the bad.
Your brain can’t tell the difference between a life-threatening emergency, such as a fire; a social risk, such as embarrassment; or the memory of a past traumatic event.
Also your brain responds the same way to trauma to you as trauma around you.
In each of these scenarios, your brain sounds the alarm and your body responds by moving into survival mode, focusing its energy on preparing to fight or flee, and shutting down “bonus” functions, like critical thinking and digestion.
But in your day-to-day life, most situations aren’t actually life threatening or clearly defined.
You never get an “all clear” signal that tells your brain to stand down, so your brain is working overtime, spotting and responding to perceived threats all the time. After a while, you can start to feel as if you are living under siege.
The good news is that there are lots of helpful strategies you can use to set yourself up for success. You may not be able to completely avoid periods of struggle, but knowing what to look for and when to intervene will put you way ahead of the curve.
This episode is full of ideas for things that will help you feel like yourself again. Dive in!
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