Stress and Burnout

Our counsellors at Curio Counselling work in a variety of different therapeutic modalities (like somatic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, exposure therapy, etc.) that can be adapted to best suit your needs and work through your anxiety.

What is Stress?

Everyone experiences stress in their lives, but sometimes the stress we experience can be chronic (or unending), be too much for one person to take on, and may eventually lead to burnout.


Ongoing stress can be caused by responsibilities, constant pressure, environmental factors, or traumatic experiences.


You might experience stress related to work, school, parenting or family obligations, relationships, or emotional stress (like ongoing anxiety, frustration, or depression).

What is Stress?
What is Burnout?

What is Burnout?

Burnout can occur when high levels of stress are sustained over a long period of time, eventually causing emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion.


We are not meant to be in states of chronic stress.


We are built for acute stress, or dealing with short-lived situations, which activate our nervous systems (the fight, flight, freeze, or fawn response) to manage a threat (like being able to run away from a charging animal).


The ongoing stress we experience can lead to wear on our bodies, illness, and burnout.

What are the Effects of Stress & Burnout?

​There are a multitude of effects associated with stress and burnout. They can affect so many different areas of our lives and take a toll on our wellbeing and ability to function. Here are just some of the effects of chronic stress or burnout people might experience:

  • Mental effects: You may notice changes in your mental state such as disorganized thinking, difficulty with focus/concentration, worried thoughts, and loss of interest.
  • Emotional effects: Chronic stress or burnout can lead to challenging emotions such as feeling nervous, anxious, helpless, a loss of control, emptiness/numbness, being easily irritated, or depressed.
  • Physical effects: Long-term stress also takes a toll on our bodies. People might experience many physical effects including low energy/fatigue, changes/difficulty sleeping, aches and pains, digestive issues, muscle tension, changes in appetite, and headaches.
  • Health concerns: Prolonged stress may also contribute to other health concerns including high blood pressures, lowered immune function, frequent illness or infections, ulcers, and mental health conditions, among others.
  • General wellbeing: People may find that they have decreased motivation or pleasure in different areas of their lives, loss of passion or drive, are experiencing challenges in their relationships, or are isolating themselves from friends and family.

How Can Therapy Help with Stress & Burnout?

There are many ways that therapy can help with stress and burnout.


In therapy, you can explore different strategies for tending to your own needs to help with some of the symptoms you are experiencing.


You can also explore and practice setting boundaries in therapy, that may help with some of the overwhelm that can contribute to stress and burnout.


Therapists can also assist you in building a mindfulness or relaxation practice into your life.


Therapy is also a great place to explore your values and what is really important to you, so that you can create a life that is sustainable and meaningful to you.


If perfectionism, negative thought patterns, or traumatic experiences are contributing to your stress or burnout, you can also work with your therapist to address and process some of these sources of stress.


Our counsellors at Curio Counselling work in a variety of different therapeutic modalities (like somatic therapy, EMDR, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based therapies, etc.) that can be adapted to best suit your needs and work through stress and burnout.


Book a free consultation today to get the support you deserve and begin to manage your stress.

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References & Further Reading

Cleveland Clinic. (2022, February 1). What is burnout?


Psychology Today. (n.d.). Burnout.


Reach Out. (n.d.). What is burnout?


Scott, E. (2022, October 16). How to recognize burnout symptoms. Verywell Mind.


Scott, E. (2023, May 17). How chronic stress impacts your health. Verywell Mind.