January 18, 2024

Mental Wellbeing for Young Professionals

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Here in Brisbane, the hustle of professional life meets the quest for personal fulfilment. Enter an impossible balancing act that feels fraught with sacrifice somewhere. This guide delves into why mental wellbeing should be a priority for you as a young professional in Brisbane and how finding the right counselling near you can be your ally in this journey. At Golden Thread Therapy, we understand the unique pressures you face and offer a space of understanding, growth, and transformation.

And plot twist: Better mental wellbeing is highly likely to make you even better at your job. Win win!

The Importance of Mental Wellbeing for Young Professionals

It’s a beautiful thing to be ambitious. However, beneath the facade of polished busy-ness, there can be an undercurrent of stress, competition, and relentless pressure to perform. Mental health isn’t just another item on the to-do list. It’s the foundation upon which your entire career and life balance rests. (The classic saying is true: If you don’t have your health, you’ve got nothing.) If you want to succeed sustainably, mental wellness can be your secret weapon for longevity and satisfaction.

Recognising Stress and Burnout in Mental Wellbeing

The cruel joke about burnout is that once you’re burned out, it’s way harder to recognise the signs yourself. Your brain is too busy trying to get everything done and keep you alive to stop and consider your mental wellbeing. If you’re in the rat race, you might be finding yourself under a heap of stress and not always recognising the signs.

Here’s a starter breakdown: Burnout can manifest as chronic fatigue, irritability, diminished performance at work (or the need to do a lot more to keep performing ‘as usual’), and a disconnection from personal relationships.

Acknowledging how you’re feeling is a marker of strength, and the first critical step towards getting support.

Click here to read more about how to recognise burnout >

Benefits of Seeking Professional Counselling

If you’re in a competitive field or a classic over-achiever, admitting the need for help can suck. Hard. However, embracing counselling can be transformative. It’s a space where you can unload burdens without judgment (we’re literally not allowed to tell anyone), gain new experiences, and develop strategies to manage stress and anxiety. Professional counselling offers a confidential and supportive environment to explore what’s on your plate.

Finding the Right Counsellor for You

We often joke that finding the right counsellor for you is akin to dating. You’ll match well with some and not others, and sometimes it’s not a super logical thing. It’s deeply personal, and about finding someone who resonates with your experiences and understands your specific challenges. Look for a counsellor who not only possesses the necessary qualifications but also aligns with your personality and values. Going to counselling shouldn’t feel like an inconvenient slog.

Golden Thread Therapy’s Approach to Mental Wellbeing

At Golden Thread Therapy, we specialise in supporting people just like you. As a young professional myself (Ash, that is – Beanie’s career is a little less extensive so far), I can empathise with a lot of what you’re feeling. Our approach is tailored to meet the unique challenges faced by people like you. At our practice in Ashgrove, Brisbane, you can expect a non-judgmental and warm environment, where your concerns are heard and your well-being is prioritised. Here are some of the ways we specifically help people like you:

  • Talking through work/life boundaries (time at work, time doing things you wanna do, and managing all the rest) and how to compartmentalise between the two
  • Building communication skills in a way that doesn’t feel overly forced or weird (aka how to respond to your shitty boss)
  • Helping you clarify what you really want in various spheres
  • Expanding your resources so you feel equipped to reach new levels, both at work and home
  • Debriefing with you about difficult experiences
  • And heaps more!

Success Stories

It’s totally against confidentiality to tell you specifics about the people we’ve worked with before and what they’ve achieved, but here is an anonymous breakdown of a few (in general themes, of course):

  • Confidence and clarity leading to big promotions
  • Support in transitioning out of roles that suck and into ones that don’t
  • Relief from stressful experiences and relationships
  • Confidence to make changes within roles
  • Designing plans together to help people jump from one project to the next, building faster progress
  • Skills to establish boundaries that make days much more enjoyable and help with overall health and wellbeing

This is the kind of stuff that makes us so happy to do what we do.

Any of this resonating with you? If you’re starting to recognise patterns of stress in your life (or want to prevent that from building later on), we’re here to help.

We make booking really straightforward with an online calendar that shows you exactly what spots are available and lets you book right away >

I invite you to book your initial session so we can start talking about what might help you feel more balanced and joyful in your life. I don’t think actual balance really exists, but I do think it’s possible for you to feel better than you do now.

Ask a counsellor: do i have burnout?

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