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Are you feeling burnt out?

By Leanne Gray

We have often considered productivity to be a measure of our success, constantly living in a grind culture to reach our goals. It’s natural for us to seek purpose and fulfilment from our work life which commonly brings about a level of ‘good’ stress that keeps us on our toes.

Stress can be good for us, to an extent. There are ways we can gently cope with higher levels, but at what level of stress should we be concerned? If you find that the level of stress in your daily life is constantly overwhelming and results in a decline in your physical, mental and emotional health, you may be on the road to experiencing burnout.

A lifestyle where you can’t seem to switch off between work and personal life can be detrimental to your progress and most importantly, your health. This constant, heavy stress negatively impacts many aspects of your well being, resulting in reduced vitality and focus that can lead to poor productivity, poor decision making, physical ailments and ultimately, burnout. 

Burnout is recognised as the culmination of long term stress that has been left unhandled. It’s the feeling of disconnection from self when you don’t make time to be human, making it difficult to be in sync with your body. This can manifest in many ways, including depersonalisation or apathy.

Recognising the signs of burnout within yourself is the first step to prevent putting out that flame that keeps you going. In this article you’ll find out how to recognise burnout, what causes burnout as well as how to recover and prevent this from an Ayurvedic perspective.


Symptoms of burnout:


Emotional:

Physical:

Mental:

Spiritual


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What causes burnout?


The most common causes of burnout related to our work life are the following:



If your manager or workplace doesn’t have a holistic wellness programme in place, you could consider suggesting this to them. Keep an eye out on your teammates too! If you notice that someone has been a bit more agitated or quiet than usual, invite them to take a walk with you, try out a yoga class or just offer them a safe space to talk. 


How can I recover from and prevent burnout?

An Ayurvedic lifestyle is one that supports your entire being in finding and maintaining balance. Ensuring that you’re taking care of your home (body) alongside all other aspects of your health is fundamental to achieving overall well being and zest for life. 


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We all have our differences, including how we manage and tolerate stress or recover from symptoms of burnout. Although some of these options may not always be viable for some, acknowledging that your mental and emotional health IS health and in turn, putting yourself first where and when possible can help bring some life back into you. Make time to bring yourself back into balance.

Ayurveda appreciates that all aspects of your well being are connected. Despite eating well and exercising, you may still find yourself out of balance due to other areas of your self and life being left in the dark. What you also might consider to be a nutritional diet or healthy level of exercise may not actually be beneficial for your particular body type (dosha) within Ayurveda.


If you’re struggling with your mental health, including depression or anxiety - please reach out to someone or feel free chat with us through our website to find out more about trying a natural approach with guidance from our Ayurvedic Doctor.




Feeling overwhelmed with stress and physical fatigue?

Try natural herbal support for your daily mental health.

Ex-stress helps your brain and body to:

  • Reduce stress, anxiety and insomnia
  • Support physical fatigue and tiredness
  • Improves brain and nerve tissue
  • Supports brain function and activity
  • Helps with concentration

Find out more here.
 

 


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