What Is Emotional Burnout?
Psychology Today defines emotional burnout as “a state in which one feels worn-out mentally because of accumulated stress from a situation in their personal life.” Every individual is at risk of experiencing emotional burnout, and it could occur at any stage in one’s life. Medical News Today provides the following examples of triggers that could lead to emotional burnout:
- Working long hours
- Going through a significant life change (e.g. death of a loved one, divorce, etc.)
- Experiencing financial stress
- Being homeless
- Living with a chronic medical condition
- Being a caregiver
- Having a baby
- Working in a high-pressure environment
- Raising children
- Juggling several things at once (e.g. work, family, school, etc.)
Not all people will be emotionally triggered in the same way by the same experiences. What may be stressful for one individual could be completely manageable for another individual.
Signs and Symptoms
Every person has different tolerance levels and abilities for coping with life’s challenges. Emotional burnout can manifest as signs and symptoms that are both emotional and physical, and could include any combination of the following examples, as provided by the Mayo Clinic:
- Chronic fatigue
- Impaired concentration
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling hopeless
- Lack of motivation
One of the most common signs of emotional burnout is emotional exhaustion. Regardless of where the chronic stress originates, an individual that is exposed to prolong and constant stress is at increased risk for experiencing emotional burnout.
The Treatment Process
In order to mitigate emotional burnout, most individuals will need to make lifestyle changes. Obtaining professional mental health guidance can help an individual address the causes and symptoms of that led to emotional burnout. The treatment process for emotional burnout must be comprised of a customized treatment plan that is completely informed by and tailored to the individual’s nuanced needs. This process is all encompassing, as individuals are encouraged to evaluate unhelpful habits and patterns that have been established in their daily lives that contribute to perpetuating the cycle of emotional exhaustion. In treatment, individuals will learn to implement healthful lifestyle choices (e.g. exercising regularly, obtaining ample sleep, eating nutritiously, engaging in mindfulness practices, etc.) learn effective stress-management strategies, and useful coping mechanisms.
Why Choose Annandale in Pasadena?
Annandale Behavioral Health is a private wellness center located in the beautiful hills of Pasadena, CA. Our center provides the ideal environment for guests to reconnect with nature while receiving premium and personalized treatment. At Annandale, we honor each person’s individuality and have a core belief that everyone is capable of achieving true wellness. We understand that in order to heal, every person in recovery deeply benefits from a customized and tailored treatment plan, which we carefully develop for each of our guests. Our multidisciplinary clinical team is made up of highly regarded psychiatrists, physicians, therapists, nursing, and support staff.
Annandale Behavioral Health offers a full continuum of care, including medically supervised detox, stabilization, residential treatment, and aftercare services. We are here to support you every step of the way to help you learn how to lead a healthy, authentic, and fulfilling life that both promotes and supports true wellness.
If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one in regards to mental illness, substance abuse, and/ or addiction, please do not hesitate to reach out for guidance. Our admissions team is available to answer any general questions regarding substance abuse, addiction, mental health issues, treatment, and/or specific questions about our program here at Annandale Behavioral Health. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we might best be able to help you or your loved one in the recovery process. Feel free to reach us by phone at 855-778-8668 or through our contact form. We look forward to supporting you on your journey.