Burnout is a common situation in modern culture we all face due to chronic stress. Symptoms may include:
- Brain Fog or Reduced Mental Clarity
- Reduced Productivity
- Exaggerated Response to Stress
- Feeling Tired Even After Getting a Full Night’s Sleep
- Detachment from Relationships
- Emotional Exhaustion
- Feeling of Professional or Personal Inadequacy
- Loss of Energy
It is important to identity and address the underlying cause(s) and prevent recurrence. Poor sleep habits, lack of exercise, unbalanced diets, overwork, and lack of stress reduction techniques are the most common culprits.
Burnout can impact your work and home life and especially with the “FOMO” mentality that most of us have adopted. Burnout cannot be improved with a good night’s sleep or healthy eating for a few days. It is a more severe situation that requires lifestyle change and diligence to listen to our bodies.
At Whole Family Healthcare, we regularly check the state of the patient’s adrenal glands which play a significant role in our stress response and immune system function. Personalized plans are created with nutrition, herbs, and therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and IV therapies to gently support and improve recovery from burnout.
Our program is called Recharge and focuses on all aspects of an individual including body, mind, and spirit. Recharge addresses all aspects of burnout with education, coaching, and personalized programs to reverse and prevent burnout from returning. One way we can determine the severity of burnout is through highly specialized lab testing that takes an in-depth look at cortisol levels and adrenal stress indexes.
If you are on the verge of burnout there are proactive steps to take to prevent it including:
- Observing the Sabbath or Taking One Day Each Week Off From Working
- Emphasizing Rest and Recreation
- Dealing with Emotional Baggage with Prayer, Counseling and/or Daily Devotions
- Work Life Balance Which May Include Delegation at the Office or Releasing Unnecessary Obligations
- Regular Physical Exercise
- Developing a Regular Sleep Pattern
- Taking Vacations
- Daily Quiet Time
- Dedicate Time During The Day to Dedicate to No Screen Time