Managing stress is part of everyday life. Personal situations and your ambitions create it, which can bring out your best and help to keep you alert. So whilst a reasonable amount of stress is considered acceptable, too much can drive you to what can be termed as 'burnout'. The Priory specialise in a number of stress counselling and stress treatment techniques that can help.
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Burnout is a condition that develops when you work too hard for too long in a high-pressure environment. You essentially become physically and emotionally exhausted. It can affect anyone at any age, and not just high-powered executives and the stress treatment will depend on a number of factors affecting the individual.
Over-conscientious individuals are more likely to suffer burnout. They are more competitive and tend to have high expectations of themselves and of others. They are less likely to share out work and responsibility, are used to being in control, and are unlikely to ask for help when under pressure and things go wrong.
Symptoms and physical signs of stress or burnout-
- Insomnia leading to tiredness
- Irritability or outbursts of anger
- Low mood
- Consuming too much caffeine or alcohol
- Low productivity accompanied by feelings of low achievement, regular absence and a higher sickness rate
- Being accident-prone
- Being cynical and defensive
- Finding fault
- Headaches, backache, indigestion, weight loss or gain, shortness of breath, regular or lingering colds
The physical signs of stress include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Drug and alcohol misuse
How the Priory can help to treat stress-
The effects will vary between individuals. For example, you could be suffering from depression or drug or alcohol misuse, so you may need a short course of medication. You may be offered therapy to help you change your attitudes and behaviour, and to help you develop a lifestyle and strategies for coping better with stress. You should try to avoid stressful people and situations, and in some circumstances you may even need a period away from work.
The type and length of treatment for stress is dependent on the individual's circumstances and the severity of the condition. Some people are treated as outpatients, which means they come to the Priory for hourly stress counselling sessions with their consultant, psychologist or therapist. Others require a more structured stress treatment approach which can include staying as an inpatient at one of the Priory hospitals for the duration of their treatment where they take part in the psychological group programme as well as regular sessions with their consultant.