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Ask a Therapist: I have so much to do, I'm so annoyed at everyone. What should I do?

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I get it, it’s a busy time for all and many are experiencing what we call burnout."

When you are experiencing burnout, you might experience: 

  • Disengagement
  • Blunted or flat reactions
  • Helplessness or hopelessness
  • Lost motivation and a sense of what’s important to you

Burnout can trigger detachment and depression, so getting help is key. It starts with learning to manage your stress levels. Check-in with yourself. Understand your normal levels of stress, what your typical stressors are, and warning signs that things are off the rails. Build your stress management toolkit, so you have various tools for different stressors available when needed. Set realistic expectations for yourself too – so for example, don’t book full days without a break in between or overcommit in your personal life when you’re in the middle of a busy period at work.

We all need downtime for work-life balance and to make sure we have time to re-energize. If you feel split between too many responsibilities, ask yourself what’s truly important to you and figure out how you can give yourself a break, when needed. Be sure to put your energy towards the areas of your life that really matter and take care of yourself.

If you're struggling, MindBeacon is here to help with a variety of supports available in our Virtual Mental Health Therapy Clinic. If you are part of our Workplace Mental Health Program, please visit your company page for access to services covered by your program.

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