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Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. Understanding burnout is the first step in addressing it. If you’re in a place right now, feeling unsure if you should quit your job or just take a vacation, this blog may help you. We’ll approach this topic through a lense of mental health, psychology and research that focuses on true work-life balance.

Recognizing the Signs of Burnout

Common signs include feeling tired or drained most of the time, feeling helpless, trapped, and defeated, detachment from your job, and reduced performance. Recognizing these signs early is crucial for taking timely action.

8 Dimensions of Wellness to
Assess Current Stress-Management

Understanding your needs in the context of the 8 Dimensions of Wellness can provide a comprehensive view of your well-being and guide your decision-making process.

1. Physical Wellness

This involves your overall physical health, exercise habits, diet, and sleep patterns. Assess if your job is affecting your physical health negatively. Are you experiencing stress-related symptoms, fatigue, or a lack of energy?

3. Intellectual Wellness

This dimension relates to cognitive growth and engagement in creative and mentally stimulating activities. Evaluate if your job provides opportunities for learning, creativity, and intellectual growth.

5. Spiritual Wellness

This involves having a sense of purpose and meaning in life. Consider whether your job aligns with your personal values and gives you a sense of purpose.

7. Financial Wellness

Consider the financial stability and satisfaction derived from your job. Are financial stressors related to your job affecting other areas of your life?

2. Emotional Wellness

Reflect on your emotional state, including feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression. Consider how your job impacts your emotional well-being. Do you feel constantly overwhelmed or emotionally drained because of work?

4. Social Wellness

Assess the quality of your social connections, both within and outside the workplace. Does your job allow for healthy social interactions, or does it isolate you from others?

6. Occupational Wellness

Reflect on your job satisfaction, career ambitions, and work-life balance. Does your current job fulfill you professionally, or does it leave you feeling unaccomplished?

8. Environmental Wellness

This dimension involves living in harmony with our surroundings and feeling safe in your environment. Assess if your work environment is healthy and supportive or if it contributes to your stress.

The Whole-Self Assessment for Burnout

Understanding your needs across these dimensions can help you determine whether the issues you face are specific to your job or if they are more related to the need for personal time and self-care. For instance, if most of your wellness dimensions are negatively impacted by your job, it might be an indication that a new job is necessary. On the other hand, if your dissatisfaction is more about needing rest or disconnection, a vacation could be the right choice.

Understand Your Needs Related to Work-Life Balance

It’s important to discern whether you need a break to recharge or a complete change in your professional environment. This decision hinges on understanding the root cause of your burnout. If you’ve considered other areas of wellness, you can further filter down your focus on the things related to work and career that may be causing burnout.

1. Assess Your Current Job Satisfaction

Reflect on aspects like your passion for the work, the company culture, and your relationship with colleagues. Low satisfaction in these areas might indicate a need for a job change

3. Evaluate Your Work Environment

A toxic work environment can be a strong motivator for a job change, whereas temporary stressors might only require a short break.

5. Listen to Your Gut

Sometimes, your intuition is your best guide. If deep down you feel a change is needed, it might be time to explore new opportunities.

2. Consider Your Physical & Mental Health

If your job is affecting your health, a vacation might provide temporary relief, but a new job could be a more sustainable solution.

4. Reflect on Your Career Goals before Career Change

Align your current job with your long-term career aspirations. A misalignment might suggest it’s time for a new job.

Final Thoughts on Burnout, Career Change & Stress Management

Deciding between a vacation and a new job when facing burnout is a significant decision. By understanding the signs of burnout, evaluating stress management skills and carefully evaluating your situation, you can make a choice that leads to greater personal and professional fulfillment. The decision may be a difficult one, but when you make sure to consider your needs as a whole, you may feel more confident in your decision

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Do you offer traditional talk therapy?

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Uur goal it to decrease stress and anxiety, so we understand that the financial commitment to therapy is something to consider! We provide OON billing for clients who decide to bill their insurance for services. A “Superbill” can be provided to you for potential reimbursement of services. To know if you have to OON benefits, you can call your insurance company and ask about the process of receiving these benefits. 

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We ask that clients provide at least 24 hours notice in the event that they need to cancel to avoid the 50% cancellation fee. we understand that life happens and do our best to be flexible & reschedule.

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VRT is an immersive tool that helps clients to explore environments that can not be traditionally explored in therapy. Visit our VR page for more info and to watch our infomercial 

What is VRT used for?

we use VRT to support Exposure Therapy, a long standing traditional therapy modality to treat phobias, anxiety and stress. we send a headset directly to your home so you can access VRT from anywhere.

VRT not only helps with exposure therapy for phobias, but is great for ADHD, mindfulness, PTSD and social anxiety.

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