Burnout, it happens to the best of us.
That feeling of exhaustion that a good night’s sleep just won’t cure (you can’t seem to fall asleep anyway). The mental struggle to get up and do anything and feeling overwhelmed and busy yet feeling unaccomplished. The lack of ability to focus, the non-stop anxiety, feeling too tired to rest and just the all-consuming exhaustion that saps your sense of happiness, vitality, and motivation.
Stress and a lifestyle that leads to burnout is particularly prevalent in the 21st century. Apart from mental and emotional stress, modern life subjects our body to environmental stressors such as pollution, pesticides, heavy metals, and chemical exposure. These stressors affect our minds and body as much as mental and emotional stress.
While stress is an inevitable part of life, it’s important to listen to your body’s cues to avoid feeling burned out. With consistency and your long term well-being in mind, here are some holistic ways to help you recover from your burnout lifestyle.
The old saying ‘you need to take care of yourself before you can take of others’ holds true for anybody wanting to recover from burnout. Chronic stress can lead to burnout so it’s important to take time to de-stress throughout your daily life.
Realistically, there certainly isn’t any fixed rigid ‘time to de-stress’ schedule that we can adhere to amidst modern life, but the next best thing we can do is to proactively carve out time and seize opportunities for self-care. On some days this could mean taking 3 minutes to meditate, on other days it could mean dinner with friends followed by a massage.
The idea of de-stressing is to unwind from the day, however way works for you, in order reset your mind and body and to prevent stress from building up into burnout.
Burnout takes hold of our entire being, and our physical body is one of the first to take the brunt of a burnout lifestyle due to all the cortisol flowing through our body when it’s stressed.
Manage your exposure to high levels of cortisol by incorporating Ashwagandha into your wellness routine. This ancient adaptogenic root is especially known for reducing stress by helping to nourish the adrenal glands and lowering the amount of cortisol that gets circulated in the body.
With cortisol regulation, the body is better equipped to deal with stress thanks to Ashwagandha’s relaxing effect on the body. As an adaptogen, it helps stressed bodies to rest, focus, feel energized yet relaxed without the jitters or an energy crash, and essentially bring the body back to equilibrium.
With the exposure to all sorts of environmental stressors, it’s especially important to take the time to regularly detoxify our body.
To keep toxins at bay and to help flush them out, incorporate the following lifestyle practices to help you detoxify:
- Stay hydrated:
Aim for at least 8 glasses of water (8 ounces each) to keep your body adequately hydrated, more so as well if you’re an athlete or tend to sweat throughout your daily life. Keep in mind as well that thirst is one of the last signs of being dehydrated, so drink before you’re thirsty to give your body the water it needs carry out and excrete toxins. If water isn’t your choice of beverage, know that green juices, non-caffeinated teas, and fruit & herb infused water all help to keep you hydrated.
- Opt for organic:
Where you can and whenever you can, choose certified organic food. This means vegetables that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides, meat and poultry that were fed organic food and grown without growth hormones and antibiotics. Eating organic food will significantly reduce your exposure to chemicals and various toxins as you won’t be ingesting them.
- Care for your liver:
You liver is your detox organ. In the face of all the environmental stressors that your body is exposed to in the form of toxins, a healthy liver can do an adequate job of ensuring that these toxins don’t build up in your body. This hardworking organ does have its limits though and can be bogged down from too many toxins (find out if your liver needs a detox). Care for your liver with healthy food choices and give it a boost with a liver supplement to keep it working at its best.
- Eat your vegetables
If eating vegetables isn’t part of your regular diet, now is high time to get started, especially if you want to detox your body on a daily basis. Vegetables have all the necessary fibers, antioxidants and phytonutrients that keep your body resilient to environmental stressors and to also help your body get rid of them.
Changing your lifestyle and habits to recover from and/or prevent burnout doesn’t happen overnight. They’re a conscious collection of choices made on a daily basis that come together and make a big difference in how you can recover from a burnout or stressful lifestyle.