Gnosis Therapy
 

MOVE FROM Survival. TO Safety. TO SUSTAINABLE. TO Strength. TO Success. TO Significance. TO SerVice.

Burnout to BREAKTHROUGH

With the Biopsychosocial Model.

Symptoms of Burnout:

  • Feeling exhausted, even after a full nights sleep.

  • Strange pains in the neck, back, chest, hips, or a general stiffness.

  • Anxious about performance. Afraid to let others down, preoccupied with deadlines and procrastination.

  • Avoidance of people, projects, and places that trigger anger or anxiousness.

  • Feeling out of sync with your social circle, work, workouts, and personal relationships. not returning phone calls, emails, text messages, avoiding meetings, and opportunities to socialize.

  • Frustrated by how simple things really get to you and how long they stay with you.

  • Feeling hopeless about lack of accomplishment, and wasted effort.

 
 
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Burnout is not recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, but that does not stop it from currently affecting 57.16% of staff at Google, and Amazon. This did not stop Arianna Huntington from sustaining a concussion after collapsing from Burnout. The EU-OSHA estimates that Burnout costs the US 400 billion annually. When our normal coping mechanism leave us overwhelmed Burnout is the result. The antidote for Burnout is resilience. Nurturing resilience starts with safety.  

 
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Safety is The treatment.

Our story

We spend the first few years of our lives downloading the impressions that create our beliefs, our values and dictate our environment. These knowings chart the map of our lives. My map resulted with me on the couch, watching a man cross the finish line of a twenty six mile race on his hands and stumps. In that moment I realized all of my limitations were in my mind. Intentional change unfolded. Continue

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The Body REmembers what the mind forgets.

Process

When we break a bone we go to a doctor and she sets the bone and then places us in a cast . But, our body does the healing. Given the right conditions and a safe environment we heal our-self. This is true for emotional injuries as well as physical injuries.

When our coping mechanisms are overwhelmed we no longer feel safe. This lack of safety triggers our fight, flight, or freeze response. Often it is socially inappropriate to physically strike others, or to flee from their presence. But, our autonomic nervous system still mobilizes accordingly. We are so conditioned to repressing this physiological process that it escapes our conscious awareness.

Our autonomic nervous system regulates the respiratory, cardiovascular, adrenal, digestive, and adipose systems. Our capacity to relax is directly correlated to our skill at regulation of our ANS. When we encounter high arousal situations more frequently than we can regulate we develop burnout.

Feelings of helplessness, immobility, and freezing. If hyper arousal is the nervous system’s accelerator, a sense of overwhelming-helplessness is its brake. These feelings of stuck, trapped, overwhelmed, and frozen, are not just a perception but a very real physiological state.

Like all mammals we have an innate capacity to triumph over burnout. If a gazelle gets attacked by a lion but manages to escape, when the gazelle is safe, its entire body will tremble until t has shaken out the excess charge; and it will return back to the herd seemingly unchanged. We have autonomic trembling responses. Chattering teeth, shivering, are natural reactions to a drop in temperature. This is one of the few examples that is still socially acceptable to express. When we are aroused and unable to act, this response is absorbed into the body as excess muscle tissue tension.

Neuroscience research is now consistently providing evidence that it is not a lack of understanding or insight that perpetuates burnout. When our ANS is ringing the not safe alarm, insight is all but impossible to pay attention to.

Often we are frustrated through this process as we continue to shift through self-help books while we cycling through careers and relationships. Chasing our dreams. Training our skills through new degrees, certifications, and resume building projects. Still unsatisfied pursuing happiness we adjust our diets, movement regimes, adding and subtracting super-foods, and nutrients. Silently suffering as we grind through our daily lives looking forward to our next reward anxiously anticipating the arrival of our happiness.

When we create a safe and consistent strategy to express these physiological process we enhance our innate capacity to heal. Express our concerns without judgement to someone that we do not have a primary relationship. Create a system that support our physiology capacity through regulating blood sugar. Use a conscious physiological interruption process to regulate the ANS in the moment. Develop a practice that allows us to shake off the physiological mobilizing chemicals. Use an emergent learning process to update our implicit memories to reflect our current self-concept. These strategies create the cast that allows us to leverage our bodies innate healing capacities to combat Burnout.


 
 

If you can not change yourself, how can you expect to change anything else.

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Interoception. Neuroception. Exteroception.

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…is a practical approach to unraveling complex pain and performance issues. Using modalities to shift your perception dramatically reduces pain and improves function, and a host of other positive outcomes have been identified. These include, but are not limited to, decreased fear avoidance, less psychosocial distress, less somatization, and less depressive symptoms, with pain self-efficacy being increased…
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