Burnout: 5 Lifestyle & Nutrition Tips to Improve Your Condition
Burnout is becoming more and more common nowadays – and if you're one of those who understands the symptoms and are looking for answers, then this is for you. First, let's briefly explain what happens to the body during burnout:
The adrenal glands are endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They release cortisol and adrenaline at times of stress. When you have significant amounts of stress over a long period of time and you do not wind down and recover from that stressor this puts a huge burden on your adrenal glands. If more stress is added to the equation then eventually your adrenals will stop producing these two hormones and you will end up tired and exhausted. Burnout is the inability to cope with life stressors and as a result your body goes into safety mode.
To help you improve your condition, here are some lifestyle changes and nutritional tips you can try:
What You'll Need
- Include protein in every meal.
- Put your first.
What You'll Do
- Balance your blood sugar levels everyday. By eating protein at every meal and snack it will help to keep your blood glucose on an even keel and provide you with sustainable energy throughout the day and avoid those mid afternoon slumps.
- Sleep at least 8 hours per night. The hours of sleep you get between 10pm and midnight and 7am and 9am are the most refreshing. If you miss out on sleep and start to make it less of a priority it is a stress on the adrenals glands and will eventually catch you out.
- Set boundaries so that you don’t over do it or expend too much energy. Not being able to say no means you are trying to be everything to everyone which is SO tiring and energy consuming. You have to remember that you are the priority and your health is of upmost importance. The more you say yes the more energy is consumed and the more you are heading towards burnout! So don’t be afraid of saying no to a few things from now on.
- Take targeted supplements to replenish the low reserves you may have. Seek the guidance of a reputable Nutritional Therapist to help you with your condition. They can help customise a plan and supplements that suit your specific needs.
- Ask for help and get support from friends and loved ones and rest. For 10 mins in the morning or in the evening take yourself away and lie down to do some deep breathing and switch off your mind. Our minds are constantly busy and naturally tend to overthink. By taking 10 each day and just breathing out slowly it actually lowers the stress hormone cortisol.