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Online Hypnotherapy for Stress and Exhaustion

When situations are stressful and persist over a long period, exhaustion can occur on various levels. We feel exhausted emotionally as well as mentally and physically.The body and the subconscious resist pouring even more motivation and commitment into the stressful situation as self-protection. Mind and body switch to an „energy-saving mode“.

If stress and exhaustion are not counteracted, they can lead to anxiety, such as panic attacks, and depression, and thus have long-term consequences.

The further the confrontation with increased stress is postponed and symptoms are ignored, the more the condition can worsen and the longer the recovery time usually takes. If burnout occurs and is not properly healed, symptoms can reappear in new stressful situations.

Symptoms and signs of stress

  • Energy, determination and idealism continue to diminish
  • Feelings of restlessness and tension
  • Overtiredness
  • Feeling unable to switch off
  • Moodiness and mistrust
  • Feelings of unspecific anxiety up to and including panic attacks
  • Increased sensitivity
  • Irritability and impatience
  • Blame
  • Intolerance, rigidity
  • Dejection
  • Social contacts are perceived as effort and stress
  • Reduction of effectiveness and motivation
  • Empathy and empathy are reduced
  • Difficulty listening to others
  • Previously significant values are lost
  • Cynicism
  • Relationships become more impersonal
  • Service by the book
  • Decreased ability to concentrate
  • Weakness in memory and decision-making
  • Own initiative is lost more and more
  • „Tunnel vision“

How do exhaustion and burnout occur?

People who get into stress and burnout are determined, strong-willed, often very productive, and responsible. They can provide support and guidance. Besides, they are often sensitive to the needs of other people and feel the impulse to react to them. Those at risk of burnout place high demands on themselves and their environment.

Looking back, many of those affected report that in the highly stressful situation they still believed they could cope with the situation and believed that they could do things differently if they only implemented the „right“ strategies. As an inner belief, the thought „Achievement is worthwhile!“

Numerous examples show that people who suffer from burnout are fundamentally willing to adapt to situations that are unsuitable and extremely demanding for them. In doing so, they overestimate their ability to influence the given conditions. You always go beyond your limits, overwhelm yourself and ignore your own needs for balance and rest. Unhealthy environmental conditions that cause mental and physical illness, in the long run, are not seen as such and are often approved.

Failure to do something is seen by many burnout clients as a personal failure, whereby they feel guilty. Regardless of whether the situation was not manageable due to external conditions and against the background of natural human stress limits.

 

The Twelve Burnout Stages*

Stage 1: Compulsion to prove oneself
Stage 2: Increased commitment
Stage 3: Neglect of own needs
Stage 4: Repression of conflicts (e.g. forgotten appointments, inaccuracies)
Stage 5. reinterpretation of values
Stage 6: Increased denial of problems
Stage 7: Withdrawal
Stage 8: Significant change in behaviour
Stage 9: Loss of a feeling for one’s own personality
Stage 10: Inner emptiness
Stage 11 Depression

* according to Herbert Freudenberger & Gail North

 

What are the causes of exhaustion and burnout?

As can be seen in the development of stress and burnout, people who have developed exhaustion and burnout react to high demands and stressful life situations with even more performance or the attempt to optimize their efforts. The underlying problem lies in the unconscious reaction and strategy for coping with life situations that involve high demands and stress.

This type of coping attempt is explained by unconscious defense programs, in many cases in a striving for perfection and control. Defense strategies have their origin in addition to nature-related properties mostly in one’s own life story, often in childhood and adolescence.

If over a long period there is the feeling that motivation and commitment have no effect and that goals are not being achieved, we react with frustration, anger, disappointment, anger, and aggression. In many cases, we feel offended. In the further course of burnout, the body and subconscious protect themselves with an energy-saving mode that protects the person from using even more strength and energy,

 

Origins in one’s own history

  • Appreciation and confirmation came from caregivers when achievements were made.
  • The child was only respected and confirmed in his actions when he made himself useful.
  • The child took on roles that were not appropriate for the child and was thus overtaxed (see also parentified children).
  • Praise was given when the child met other expectations or served the needs of others.
  • The child’s needs were ignored, and as a result, child needs were put on the back burner or suppressed altogether.
  • There was little or no room for joy, fun and games. The child was not allowed to be a child.
  • Parents put pressure on the child, demanding better or superior performance and perfection.
  • Special achievements of the child were exaggerated, while other people/children were looked down upon, so that the fear of disappointing the expectations of the caregivers arose in the child.These demands on the child may or may not have been directly verbalised by the caregivers. Indirect, subtle indications are sufficient to leave imprints on the child, e.g. looks, the inner attitude and actions of the caregivers. This implies demands made on the child, which are perceived precisely by the child.

 

From negative experiences with caregivers, especially parents, but also educators and teachers, obstructive and restrictive beliefs develop over time, e.g. „I’m not good enough.“ „I’m responsible for your mood.“ or „I am not seen.“

As a child, we are not yet in a developmental position to reflect on the misconduct of the caregiver and to set appropriate limits. Also, in our childhood, we are dependent on the care and love of our caregivers.

External conditions, situations, but also other people serve as triggers in later life, through which earlier feelings of overwhelming and inadequacy, anger, and sadness are reactivated, but in the case of burnout, they are compensated with performance as long as the original emotional injuries have not been processed.

 

Stress and burnout and the work environment

A breeding ground for burnout is poor management by superiors and working conditions as well as a working atmosphere that allows little or no independence, self-determination, and self-efficacy. If the workload is too high over a longer period, unrealistic goals are set and basic human needs, such as identification with the task, appreciation for what has been achieved, or clear distribution of tasks and roles, can not be guaranteed, even the most resistant and delimitable employees Burnout in the long run.

Many superiors are overwhelmed with their working conditions. Motivating or appreciating employees is then an additional (annoying) task. Many managers get into burnout levels themselves and treat their employees unfairly, regulate, are moody or openly derogatory, and exert pressure. They pass their stress down.

These conditions are increasing in today’s working world. The economic demands we are currently facing are unhealthy. The system itself becomes sick. As a result, the diagnosis of burnout is being made more and more frequently.

 

Stress, exhaustion and the relatives

Similar to depression, the situation is very demanding for those affected by exhaustion and burnout as well as for their relatives. At first, other people usually only perceive the feeling of being rushed and driven. Those affected feel unappreciated in their efforts to cope with the situation. They are not understood because those around them often do not notice the enormous amount of effort they put in and how much inner tension and pressure this entails.

Social contacts mean stress for those affected. Because they can be associated with the unconscious feeling of demands made on them and the message „You have to function and meet my expectations“. This can be difficult for those around them to understand.

From the time when the performance capacity has long been exceeded, people who are in a burnout or on the way to it react towards their fellow human beings with irritability, impatience or aggressiveness, in a passive way e.g. in the form of verbal side blows, ignorance, arrogance, not listening and inwardly „disengaging“ – in an active way e.g. in the form of choleric fits.

 

The inner conflict of social types

Especially for people for whom community is a high value, a great inner conflict can arise from this. They long for community and at the same time the other people are too much for them.
Because the person suffering from burnout tries to keep the situation under control, it can happen that work processes, but also activities in the private sphere, are carried out with increasing rigidity and „tunnel vision“. This gives others the feeling that they are not doing things properly or not in the way the burnout sufferer imagines. This leaves little room for spontaneity, tolerance and light-heartedness and can be annoying to others.

The described behaviour of the person affected by stress or burnout is usually not understood by those around them. The person affected does not set any comprehensible limits in front of himself and his counterpart and usually does not realise himself that and in what way he is changing his behaviour. The irritable and impatient nature can be taken personally by relatives and conflicts arise whose main causes are not associated with burnout. With their high demands, burnout sufferers make themselves unpopular and put pressure not only on themselves but also on those around them. Relatives can feel pressured and controlled. This can lead, for example, to active or passive resistance and thus to power struggles.

Relatives are advised to set clear boundaries of their own and to draw attention to irritating behaviour with sensitivity and tact. For those affected by burnout, the situation is shameful. Reproaches are out of place here. It can be helpful for the relatives to check which issues they themselves are triggered by the behaviour. In the best case scenario, both relatives and burnout victims are open to reflection and research into the causes of the destructive emotional and behavioural patterns before it comes to complete exhaustion.

 

Integral Online Hypnotherapy: Stress and Exhaustion

In the sessions, work is done on different levels. Behavioural therapy methods help to decipher which hindering thoughts and beliefs exist individually that have contributed to the exhaustion. It is important to understand that exhaustion has nothing to do with weakness or lack of motivation.

Many people have the feeling that they can no longer come down properly. This is due to the overstimulation of their central nervous system. There can be several reasons for this. If rest and relaxation are missing, the nervous system can be constantly overstimulated.
Here, relaxation techniques can be integrated that induce a deep sleep-like state through which the nervous system and the noise in the head calm down.

On the other hand, the nervous system can be overloaded by anxiety, which shows itself as stress symptoms in the form of anxiety attacks. This is not uncommon with stress and exhaustion. Then the main focus is on exploring the core causes, the roots of which can in many cases also lie in childhood or adolescence.

 

Stress and exhaustion: prevention

Stress, exhaustion and burnout can be prevented if the permanently stressful situation criteria are changed and one’s own limits are perceived in future and set appropriately in front of others. To do this, it is advisable to check which social contacts and working conditions mean overload and then reduce them as much as possible.

It is also important to take the necessary time out in everyday life. For example, in the form of activities that they personally enjoy and that relax their mind.
Many people enjoy taking up hobbies again for which there has been no time for a long time. A good starting point can be the question: What did you enjoy doing when you were young? What are you really interested in?

However, various new things can also be tried out, e.g. any kind of sport, music and literature, various workshops, as well as mindfulness training, progressive muscle relaxation according to Jacobsen, meditation or autogenic training.
The activities should suit you. Forcing yourself to do something because it is generally considered relaxing would be counterproductive at this point.

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