Fatigue and burnout

Fatigue is a complex mechanism that appears for a reason. It is not a simple bodily signal, like hunger or thirst, in which case we perfectly know what to do: eat or drink. When we experience fatigue, rarely there will be a direct answer that will immediately decrease this feeling. 

Fatigue is a signal of your nervous system, and mainly of your wake system, that often mirrors your need to slow down. To shift to a lower gear. The reason can vary: because your low on fuel, because you didn't correctly refuel, because you don't have access to fuel, because part of your brain needs to rest and another needs activation,.... Whatever the underlying mechanism, fatigue appears for a good reason! 

At Brainwise we investigate the possible reason(s) for your fatigue. We examine your sleep-wake patterns, your stress levels, your lifestyle, and general health. The current coping strategies and the actual effect on your fatigue levels are evaluated. Moreover, we will overview your general health to analyse if there are any signs of an underlying medical condition. Based on this information we will identify your growth points and link this to specific interventions and tools, which aim at a more efficient recuperation and increase of your energy level. 

What is a burnout and how do we treat it? 

Burnout is characterized as an energy (=fuel) disorder. It gradually grows when maladaptive copingstrategies are   used for a long time as a way of coping with increasing stress and problems. This will result in an effort-reward imbalance. As such, we slowly evolve from a normal 'stressful' period, to an 'overstressed' period, to eventually a burnout. You can make the comparison with a battery that slowly empties, going from a half-full battery (stress), to a almost-empty battery (overstress), and finally to an empty battery (burnout).  This evolution disturbs your physiological balance and your recuperation possibilities. We will evaluate the triggers van de effort-reward imbalance, how it evolved over time and what would be necessary to regain balance and recharge more efficiently. We use different kinds of excercises and techniques, depending on your specific situation and needs. 

More information

Sleep training: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

Sleep better or optimize your sleep in 6 weeks The internationally recognized sleep training 'Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia' (CBT-I) is an evidence-based program that significantly improves sleep in 80% of the participants (C. Morin et al., Sleep, 1999). New skills are acquired to imp...

Cognitive training and stress thinking

The ABC of stress thinking Stress often occurs before we even know it. A certain situation triggers internal responses that we are unaware of. Often people will then relate their stress response to the actual situation ("situation x causes stress"). Cognitive training gives us the tools...

breathing techniques and heart coherence

Breathing techniques and heart coherence Although a lot of people know that we need to keep breathing when stressed, most of them do not understand what happens on a physiological level when stress takes over our breathing. Correct  breathing techniques are a simple method to influence your auton...

Active relaxation: Progressive relaxation of Jacobsen

The paradox of relaxation: increase muscle tension to achieve relaxation A lot of people are not aware of the continuous muscle tension in their body, due to their hectic life. As such, they lose the connection with their body and the actual sensation of relaxed muscles, which in turn makes it ve...

Mindfulness techniques and attention training

In our current society we are often overwhelmed with stimuli that need to be processed as fast as possible. Our attention system is pushed to the limit and programmed to stay vigilant all the time. This is a huge energy consumer and puts a strain on our nervous system. With mindfulness techniques...

Light therapy

Regulator of your circadian rhythm Light therapy is an evidence-based technique to efficiently change the programming of your circadian clock. It inhibits the production of melatonin, your sleep hormone, and increases vigilance. When you suffer from an advanced sleep phase syndrome (ASPS), you ex...
Subscribe for the newsletter here

Newsletter

Stay tuned.
Subscribe to our newsletter