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Overcoming Career Burnout: Taking Control in High-Stress Work Environments

Have you ever felt overwhelmed and exhausted by your job? Chances are, you're familiar with the concept of burnout, particularly if your work environment is high-stress. However, burnout encompasses more than just a reluctance to go to work. It's often rooted in deeper issues, one of the most significant being a lack of control.


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Christina Maslach, a prominent researcher in the field of workplace burnout, defines a lack of control as a scenario where employees have minimal influence over their work-related decisions. This manifests in various ways: limited decision-making authority, insufficient resources, overbearing supervision, inflexible policies, and a diminished ability to influence outcomes. Many of us, especially in today’s large corporate structures, have encountered these frustrations. In the pursuit of efficiency and structure, organizations often inadvertently foster environments where employees feel powerless.

So, why is this lack of control so detrimental to us? Different psychological perspectives offer varied explanations, but the central idea is that control is not just a preference; it's a fundamental psychological and evolutionary need. Control enables us to navigate our environment, manage stress, exert influence, and achieve goals. Its absence, on the other hand, can lead to stress, anxiety, helplessness, and ultimately, burnout. Consider our instinctual drive for survival – without control, we are akin to prey, vulnerable and exposed. In the workplace, this translates to a diminished capacity to demonstrate our value, increasing the risk of job loss, which fuels our anxiety.

If you're facing burnout, it's critical to assess your level of control in your work environment. While discussing these concerns with your manager may help, it's often not a panacea. Sometimes, even a small increase in control can make a notable difference. But what if minor changes aren't enough? What if the burnout is so deeply entrenched that altering your work environment or switching jobs falls short?

In such cases, professional guidance can be transformative. As a licensed mental health counselor specializing in workplace and career-related issues, I delve into how lack of control, anxiety, and depression can intertwine, affecting both your professional and personal life. By working together, we can disentangle these complexities and set you on a path towards a more satisfying career and a healthier mindset.

Are you ready to take the first step towards reclaiming your professional and personal wellbeing? Don’t let the shadow of workplace stress and burnout dim your potential. Take charge of your wellbeing today.

To book a session with me, simply visit my website and select 'Book Now'. It's a user-friendly and convenient way to schedule your appointment. Should you have any queries or require additional information before booking, please reach out to me via email. I'm committed to assisting you in overcoming these challenges and discovering a path to a happier, more balanced life.


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