So many women see us who are at the point of burnout or have chronic fatigue.
They struggle with depleting symptoms of;
- Relentless fatigue
- Brain fog and mentally slowing down
- Feeling jittery and ‘wired’
- Irritable, quick to temper and sensitive to loud sounds and bright lights
And they are at a loss of how to climb out of this mess because they are barely holding together their job and home.
This is an area with 3 components that need addressing, and I will share my top 5 tips on recovering from burnout.
How did I get here???
This is a question everyone in this boat asks themselves. Sure, there is an element of knowing why, but other people with the same pressures aren’t suffering – so WHY???
When your hormones are so out of whack, diet and exercise will not fix it. There are 3 areas that all need to be balanced to help you on your road to recovery.
- Balance bodily systems – thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, liver, digestion, food intolerances – all these play a factor in your hormonal health, and if they are out of whack, thorough pathology is needed to assess each area in functionality, and then a treatment plan can be created to address these. There is no one-size-fits-most approach that works.
- Thoughts and thinking – your mindset impacts every thought and emotion, and usually the chronically stressed persons brain is running 3 times faster than it naturally would. This leads to depletion in essential nutrients, over activation of stress hormones, and this impacts the thyroid directly, resulting in weight gain, depression, aches and pains, constipation and lots more.
- Lifestyle balance – If you work 50 hours a week, struggle to sleep, don’t go on holidays, don’t visit friends, care for extended family, don’t have time to prepare a healthy meal, rely on convenience and take-away food, and don’t give yourself down time, then your lifestyle balance is out and this will not allow the body to heal.
Tip #1 Get your strength of body back first
I have seen people try to heal their fatigue by addressing emotional health first, or adding in exercise, or dieting, or moving to a better house, or leaving a relationship. These are all valid changes to make and probably are a part of the bigger picture to do, but when your body is weak, depleted and overwhelmed, all these activities will deplete you further.
So first, get testing and treatment to get your energy back, THEN you will have a good foundation to make other life changes.
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Tip # 2 Assessment
When our brain is foggy and our energy is low, we can sort of be like running a race blindfolded. We can become totally unaware of what is draining our energy and tend to just go with it. So the next tip is to sit down – and it could be with a counselor or your naturopath – and assess your life, activities, goals, wishes, and demands, and set some healthier boundaries around your priorities. This helps you identify factors that are causing your fatigue, allowing you to see what needs to change for your healing.
- Schedule some time away from common distractions.
- Avoid the internet and turn off the mobile phone. Turn off your wifi – or better yet, use only a pen and paper for this exercise.
- Write down anything that comes to mind, with this exercise being about health and fatigue. (You can do this about anything – career, family, income goals etc) In the middle of the page, write down when the fatigue first seriously started. Then trace life events and factors back and forwards, creating a time line.
- Next make a list of things in your life that drain you, with a rating on 1-10 (10 being extremely draining)
- Next make a list of things that energise you, with a rating of 1-10 (10 being extremely energising)
- Compare your writings, and make changes as you see fit.
- Go back 4 weeks later and repeat the exercise.
Tip #4 Rest
If you have burnout, then you will need to rest a LOT more whilst your body recovers. This may mean going to bed an hour earlier, or sleeping in on the weekends.
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Tip #5 Talk to someone about it
By it’s nature, fatigue and burnout is isolating. Therefore, it is important to communicate with someone, so you can express how you are feeling without judgement, and so you feel support as you make the changes needed toward a better tomorrow.
Involving a trusted loved one can help you feel supported and less alone. Friends, family members, and partners can help you brainstorm possible solutions.
Opening up to people about the distress you’re experiencing can take some courage, especially when you worry they’ll see you as incapable or lazy. But by doing so, you will find that your burden will actually be lifted somewhat, helping you to feel better sooner.
We have found that once our patients have their test results that actually document the state of their fatigue, there is a huge sense of relief. People worry they are over-reacting, not strong enough, weak, or that it is in their heads. Once you have testing done that gives you answers, you can ask your family for the support you need and they can see the physical challenges of what you are going through on your test reports.
Don’t put up with these symptoms:
- Weight gain
- Brain fog and forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating
- Losing yourself – putting yourself last
- Expending all your energy on work, and being left with nothing on your time off
There is a better tomorrow when you have the answers to your symptoms and expert health guidance.