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Natural Approaches to Burnout

January 04, 2018

America is open for business 24 hours a day and “burnout” is extremely common.

Most of us rush through our lives not even realizing how burned out we are.

Are you feeling burned out?

What is Burnout?

For the purpose of this discussion, “burnout” means being overworked and overstressed over a long period of time, as in months or years. That’s a lot of us today!

Unfortunately, burnout symptoms go unresolved even with normal night’s rest. Recognizing the signs of burnout is critical.

Left unchecked, severe burnout can lead to stress related problemslike digestive problems, weak immune response, mood changes, adrenal exhaustion, and even blood pressure disturbances.

Watch out for burnout signs like:

  • Being run down with increased susceptibility to colds, flu, yeast imbalance, or urinary tract infections
  • Serious fatigue often to the point of lethargy
  • Dizziness, low blood pressure, ringing in the ears
  • Chronic headaches, digestive problems, or mood swings
  • Foggy thinking, trouble concentrating
  • Normal physical activities become exhausting
  • Normal work or family tasks become overwhelming

Rebuilding the Body from Burnout

Ditch The Caffeine And Refined Sugar.

An excess of caffeine and sugar in the diet perpetuates the burnout cycle, taxing the adrenal and pituitary glands, to the point where balance becomes an impossibility.

The first few days without caffeine and refined sugar are rough, but most people start feeling better after that.

To ease the transition, try Adrenal Daily Tonic with herbs like American ginseng and nettles to boost your energy in a healthy way.

Keep Meal Planning Easy.

Choose meals that are healthy and easy to make. Your body’s protein needs increase when you’re under stress, so add protein to every meal.

Drink plenty of water every day to keep stress toxins flushed out.

When you’re under stress, your body produces an excess of sugar and hormones like adrenalin, norepinephrine, and cortisol.

Your natural pathways must work even harder and need more water to filter out the excesses.

Try Massage.

Massage is a super star for stress relief. It decreases stress hormones and enhances production of “feel good” chemicals like serotonin.

Numerous studies show massage eases depression, anxiety, stress, and pain.

If you can’t get a massage treatment, try self-massage. I like to use a rolling pin to loosen the muscles on my legs.

You can work out the stress points in your neck and back by rolling on a tennis ball. Just trap the ball between the affected part of your spine and a wall. Roll up and down to apply pressure.

Unplug.

Technology may be burning you out without you even realizing it. Today, we are bombarded with information from our smartphones, tablets and computers 24/7.

Just staring at the blue lights in LED devices alone can trigger stress, interrupt sleep, and weaken eyesight.

Unplug for a day or two to quiet your mind and enhance sleep.

Take A Retreat, Or Try A Change Of Scenery Close To Home.

The world is a wonderful place to explore, but not everyone can afford a fancy vacation.

If you can’t take a retreat or vacation, visit local sanctuaries, parks, rivers, or beaches to de-stress and get back in touch with nature.

Go To Bed Early.

While you are healing from burnout, you will need more rest and more sleep to recover.

Go to bed early every day that you can to help bring your body back into balance.

Tip: On days when you need more energy for an event, take a cool shower or go for a relaxing swim. Cool water is very therapeutic and can help to re-energize you for a short time.

Try Stress Daily Tonic.

If you’re burned out, I recommend working with this formula for at least 1-2 months.

Herbs like ashwagandha and eleuthero in this blend help to support and nourish the endocrine and nervous systems, and their benefits increase over time.

If you’re going through burnout, take some time for yourself and try some natural approaches.

You will begin to function much better as your body moves back into balance.

Set realistic deadlines while going through the process. You will need to rest for your body to become rejuvenated and healthy.

Whenever possible, reach out for support so your efforts can stay focused on recovery.

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