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Introduction to Burnout

Burnout is when you feel entirely emotionally, physically, and mentally drained because of too much stress over a long period. Across the world, particularly in Singapore, the fast-paced lifestyle and high demands make burnout increasingly common, impacting people’s work-life balance and mental wellness. Addressing burnout through specialised counselling services is crucial for maintaining overall well-being and productivity.

What is Burnout?
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– Emotional Exhaustion: Emotional exhaustion happens when you feel overwhelmed and emotionally drained. It’s like you’ve hit your limit and can’t handle any more stress.

– Physical Exhaustion:  Physical exhaustion means your body feels tired all the time. No matter how much you rest, you still feel fatigued and lack energy.

– Mental Exhaustion: Mental exhaustion occurs when your mind feels overworked and stressed. It becomes hard to concentrate, make decisions, and stay motivated.

What are the causes of Burnout?

– Prolonged Stress: Constant work, personal life stress, or both can lead to burnout. It’s the ongoing pressure that never seems to let up.

– High Demands and Expectations: When the demands placed on you are too high, whether by others or yourself, it can cause stress and eventually burnout.

– Lack of Work-Life Balance: Not having enough time to relax and enjoy life outside work contributes to burnout. Maintaining mental and physical balance is essential.

What are the symptoms of Burnout?
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Emotional Symptoms
Physical Symptoms
Behavioural Symptoms
What are the reasons for Burnout in Singapore?

– Fast-Paced Lifestyle: Singapore’s rapid pace of life often leaves little opportunity for relaxation and self-care, resulting in elevated stress levels.

– High Work Demands: The competitive work environment in Singapore often involves long hours and high expectations, making burnout more common.

– High Cost of Living: The high cost of living can significantly contribute to burnout, as constant financial stress leads to emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion.

– Fear of Losing Job: The fear of losing one’s job can greatly contribute to burnout, as the constant worry and stress about job security lead to emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion.

– Cultural Expectations: Cultural factors, such as the emphasis on success and achievement, can add to individuals’ stress and pressure.

What are the impact of Burnout?

– On Mental Health: Burnout can result in anxiety, depression, and various other mental health problems. It hinders your ability to enjoy life and perform daily tasks efficiently.

– On Physical Health: Prolonged stress and burnout can cause physical health issues such as digestion, heart disease, and/or weakened immunity.

– On Work Performance: Burnout decreases productivity, creativity, and overall job performance. It can also result in higher absenteeism and employee turnover.

Recognizing Burnout

– Self-Assessment: Regularly check in with yourself to identify signs of burnout. Pay attention to feelings of constant fatigue, irritability, and lack of motivation. Notice if you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, or detached from your work or personal life. Acknowledge these feelings and take them seriously, as they are critical indicators that you may be experiencing burnout.

– Professional Diagnosis: If you suspect you’re experiencing burnout, seek help from a healthcare professional such as a psychologist, psychotherapist, or counsellor for a proper diagnosis and create a treatment plan to help you manage and recover from burnout.

What is the prevention of Burnout?

1. Stress Management Techniques: Practice stress management techniques such as

  • meditation
  • mindfulness
  • yoga breathing
  • deep breathing exercises.
  • Mandala colouring
  • Butterfly Hug
  • Any activity that helps you relax

2. Importance of Small Breaks: Think of your brain as a sponge that needs to be drained regularly. Take short breaks throughout the day to let your brain rest and recharge. These small pauses can significantly reduce stress levels, keeping your sponge from becoming too saturated.

3. Setting Boundaries: Learn to set boundaries at work and in your personal life. Don’t be afraid to say no when necessary to protect your well-being

4. Supportive Work Environment: Employers can create a nurturing work environment by encouraging open communication and offering mental health resources. Additionally, providing flexible work options and recognising employee accomplishments can significantly reduce stress.

5. Employee Assistance Programs: Implement employee assistance programs that offer counselling and support services for those experiencing burnout.

How Can Insightful Counselling Help You Reduce Burnout?

Counselling provides a confidential space to explore the root causes of burnout and develop personalized strategies for stress management and recovery. It can offer

– Experienced Therapists: Our team comprises highly qualified and experienced professionals specializing in burnout counseling.

– Compassionate Care: We provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment where you can feel safe to express yourself.

– Tailored Solutions: We believe in personalized care and develop customized treatment plans to meet your specific needs.

– Proven Results: Many of our clients have successfully overcome burnout and regained control of their lives.

Our Approach to Burnout Counseling

At Insightful Counselling, we understand the complexities of burnout and are here to help you navigate through it. Our approach includes:

  • Personalized Assessment: Understanding your unique situation and the factors contributing to your burnout.
  • Individual Counseling Sessions: One-on-one sessions with a licensed therapist to explore your feelings and develop coping strategies.
  • Stress Management Techniques: Practical methods to manage stress and prevent future burnout.
  • Work-Life Balance Guidance: Tips and strategies to achieve a healthier balance between your professional and personal life.
  • Support for Personal Issues: Addressing underlying personal problems that may be contributing to your stress.

Take the First Step Towards Recovery

Counselling for burnout can help you gain insight into your stress triggers and develop effective personal stress management strategies.

  • Improved Mental Health: Addressing burnout positively impacts overall mental well-being.
  • Enhanced Coping Skills: Learn practical techniques to manage stress and prevent relapses.
  • Increased Resilience: Build emotional resilience to handle life’s challenges.
  • Personalized Strategies: Tailored counseling sessions cater to your unique needs.

Our Counsellors for Burnout Counselling

Reena Goenka

Reena Goenka, MSc (Counseling), SAC Master Clinical Member: Specializes In EMDR, Brainspotting, Transactional Analysis, Flash Technique and Hypnotherapy. She works with you to identify the specific sources of stress in your life. By understanding what triggers your stress, you can develop effective coping mechanisms. She teaches practical coping strategies to manage work related stress and burnout.

Yap Huay Khem

Huay Khem - Counsellor at Insightful Counselling SingaporeYap Huay Khem, MSc (Counseling), SAC Registered Member : Specializes In EMDR, Brainspotting, Clinical Hypnotherapy And Past Life Regression For Healing.​

Adeeti Jain

Adeeti Jain - Counsellor at Insightful Counselling SingaporeAdeeti Jain, MSc (Counseling), SAC Associate Member : Specialises in Couple, Marital and Family therapy with a focus on family dynamics and parenting. She is a licensed Gottman professional .

Lily Ng

Lily Ng, MSc (Counseling), SAC Associate Member : With A Master’s In Counseling, Provides Empathetic Support For Individuals and Couples, Specializing In Relationship Issues, Work-Related Stress.

Yamini Yadav

Yamini Yadav Counsellor at Insightful Counselling in SingaporeYamini Yadav Master of Counselling (Advanced): Certified therapist specializing in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) offering support for anxiety, panic & depression.

Insightful Counselling Case Studies for Burnout Recovery

Case Study 1:

Adrian, a marketing executive in Singapore (name changed for privacy), faced severe burnout after enduring long hours and high demands at his job. He felt perpetually tired, irritable, and lost interest in his work. Adrian realised he would need help and sought burnout counselling services. Through regular therapy sessions, he learned stress management techniques like mindfulness and deep breathing exercises. He also made lifestyle changes, such as setting boundaries at work and making time for hobbies. Additionally, he examined his internal belief system, such as thoughts like “I am not good enough” or “I need to please to be acknowledged.” This self-reflection helped him set boundaries with himself and with others. Over time, Adrian regained his energy and passion for his job, showing that recovery from burnout is possible with the proper support and strategies.

Case Study 2:

Deborah, a mother of two young children (name changed for privacy), faced burnout from managing the demands of her household. Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, she sought burnout counselling services. Through therapy, she learned stress management techniques like mindfulness and deep breathing exercises and made a conscious effort to set boundaries and prioritise self-care. Emma examined her internal belief system, particularly the thoughts of “I need to do everything perfectly” and “I can’t ask for help.” She realised these beliefs were contributing to her stress and began to change her mindset. By acknowledging her limitations and seeking support from her partner, friends, and family, she incorporated self-care like having a date for herself (laborious initially), regular exercise and a balanced diet., Emma regained her energy and joy, demonstrating that recovery from burnout is possible with the proper support and strategies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mode of Counselling

We offer a variety of counselling modes to suit your needs and preferences, including in-person sessions in Singapore, online counselling for convenience and accessibility, and group therapy sessions for shared experiences and support.

What are the early signs of burnout?

Early signs of burnout include feeling constantly tired, irritability, lack of motivation, and difficulty concentrating.

How can I prevent burnout?

Prevent burnout by effectively managing stress, taking regular breaks, setting clear boundaries, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

What should I do if I think I'm experiencing burnout?

If you think you’re experiencing burnout, seek help from a healthcare professional and consider making lifestyle changes to reduce stress.

No, burnout can be related to any prolonged stress, including personal life and caregiving responsibilities.

Can burnout affect physical health?

Yes, burnout can lead to physical health issues such as heart disease, digestive problems, and a weakened immune system.

 If you or someone you know is experiencing burnout, especially parental burnout or work-related stress, don’t hesitate to reach out. Insightful Counselling offer support and guidance to help navigate these challenging feelings. Remember, seeking professional help can make a significant difference in managing burnout and promoting well-being


Lily was really helpful and created a really safe and collaborative space for me to discover myself. Highly recommended 🙂

Reena is a patient and understanding therapist who is able to distill the nuances of what I'm feeling based on what I tell her. She is encouraging yet knows when to be tough on asking challenging questions to try to get to the root of the issue and making me face hard truths.

She tries her best to accommodate to her clients' needs, and make it as collaborative a process as possible. The sessions are such that it is tailored to the client's pace and level of comfort.

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