Are You Suffering from Burnout? 5 Ways BetterHelp and therapy Can Improve Work-Life Balance
If there is ever a year when “burnout” was going to be a problem, it would be this year! This year has been anything but normal for most women. You may have set the most exciting goals for the year and created the most incredible plan on how to meet them, but 2020 may have gotten in the way.
Not only do we have the normal challenges that we face as women trying to maintain a work-life balance, but our regular way of doing things has been turned upside down due to COVID-19.
The challenges we face as women
You may have started working from home this year. And even though it might have sounded like it would be amazing, it brings new challenges along with it. For example, when you work at home your work life and work stress have a tendency to spill over onto your personal life and vice versa.
You may have school aged kiddos and you’re now trying to balance helping them with virtual learning or keeping a schedule that doesn’t look like school years of the past.
Or maybe 2020 isn’t even the problem. Maybe you’ve felt like you were drowning in your to-do list long before the words “unprecedented” and “social distancing” became part of your regular vocabulary. Maybe work-life balance has always sounded like something from a fantasy land that was too far out of reach.
It doesn’t have to stay that way. Therapy, including BetterHelp online therapy, can help you find the balance you crave. Here’s how therapy can help with work-life balance.
1. Establishing priorities
If you struggle with work-life balance, you may have your priorities out of order. You may really want to spend the evening playing in the yard with the kids or having a drink with your friends, but the demands from work never stop. If you haven’t taken time to set your priorities, it’s hard to keep them in line.
A therapist can help you identify what your true priorities are and what actions you need to take in order to protect them.
2. Setting boundaries
Once you know your priorities, boundaries are what help you keep them protected. You may need to set boundaries with your boss, coworkers, or clients. Or you may need to learn how to set boundaries with your family and friends.
Establishing boundaries is only the first part of it. Once you have them in place, you need to learn how to effectively enforce them so others will respect them. This can help you regain balance in your life.
3. Creating a self-care routine
If you’re burnt out, your self-care has probably gone out the window. You may struggle to make time to exercise, eat right, get enough sleep, and do things you enjoy. Your to-do list and the demands of the day will take over if you don’t prioritize self-care activities.
These are the things that help you to recharge each day so you can have the energy you need to keep going in a healthy way.
4. Pinpointing the underlying cause of stress
If you’ve been out of balance for a long time, you might not be sure where the problem started. A therapist can help you look at your life and identify what is causing your work-life imbalance.
You can learn how to handle stress at the surface level, but then you’re always going to be trying to keep up with it. When you learn to pinpoint and address the root cause of stress, you can start to make some real changes in your life.
5. Build healthy self-esteem
If you’re like some women, you’re burning the candle at both ends trying to prove your value and worth. Or, you may struggle with being a people-pleaser. You don’t feel that you’re “good enough” unless others are telling you that you are.
These behaviors can throw off your work-life balance. You may neglect your personal life in order to achieve one more accomplishment to prove your worth and earn that pat on the back.
If you’re constantly seeking approval with your performance, therapy can help you learn to find your worth in who you are and not what you do. And once you have a health self-esteem, you may find it becoming easier and easier to set boundaries and keep your priorities in order. You can overcame that nagging feeling that pushes you to throw yourself into work over and over again.
There can be a healthy balance.
Online therapy is a great solution
If you read through the list above and thought, “Yes, this is what I need!” then talking to a therapist is a great step to take. But if you’re already stressed with an overwhelmed schedule, sneaking in therapy sessions may seem like too much to handle.
BetterHelp provides online therapy that allows you to meet with a licensed therapist through video, phone, chat or messaging. You have access to the help you need, at the times you need it most, in the way that works the best for you. Click here to learn more about BetterHelp.
If work-life balance has been a struggle, don’t let it continue to be. You can find balance and create the life of your dreams!