5 Steps to Overcome Burnout: Exhaustion

5 Steps to Overcome Burnout: Exhaustion
Julie Doherty Naturopathic Physician Hackham, SA

An Accredited Member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society, Julie Graduated with distinctions from S.A. College of Botanic Medicine and Natural Therapies Pty Ltd. Professional Qualifications include: Naturopathic Doctor, Herbal & Homoeopathic Practitioner: Diet and Nutritional Medicine: Remedial & Therapeutic... more

Do you at times seem to just hit rock bottom, where all of your energy has just seemed to be "sucked out of you"?

Here are 5 easy steps to restoring energy and vitality:

  1. Laughter is a great boost to a tired body as it causes the brain to release endorphins that induce a natural high feeling. Spend time with a friend who makes you laugh or a good movie. Sit back and allow the people in your life to entertain you whether that is children, spouse, or friends. Sit back and allow your children to entertain you (forget any mess and untidiness for a while).
  2. Avoid drinking any tea or coffee after meals, as caffeine inhibits the absorption of zinc and iron – both necessary minerals for keeping you well. A glass of orange juice is much better as it supplies vitamin C and increases the amount of iron that your body can absorb from food.
  3. Exercise: Too tired to do any exercise? Although it may take some sort of effort to summon up the energy, exercise will increase your stamina and general feeling of well being. A 20-minute session three times a week is ideal and if you join a class you will feel much more motivated. There will also be the benefit of meeting new people. A walk is excellent exercise and a good way to clear the mind, dispelling any tensions and stimulating circulation. If you have children in any shape or form as your own or your relatives', take them to the park. The fresh air will be great for all. When you are feeling fit, you are less likely to feel tired.
  4. Get outdoors: It is important to get out of the house at least once a day. Research shows that our bodies benefit from natural light and you’ll appreciate the change of scenery. Spend some time in the garden, or even just walking to the shops. This is especially important during winter, when we tend to stay indoors a lot more.
  5. Breathe deeply: Most of the time, we don’t use our lungs to their full capacity. Shallow breathing tends to make you feel tired and lethargic; however, a simple deep-breathing exercise can give you an energizing boost. You can do this while you’re walking, or lying upright with your back straight. Exhale through your mouth to the count of four and, again, hold for four. Repeat the exercise five to seven times to give yourself a needed lift.

It is important if possible to totally eliminate sugar, soft drinks, cakes, biscuits and other sweet foods. Apart from bringing to you unwanted weight, these foods are the major causes of diabetes, heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and mental health issues. Eat healthier alternatives such as wholemeal bread, more fresh fruit and vegetables, and use dried fruit, fresh fruit, nuts and yogurt as between-meal snacks. These will provide your body with the necessary fuel to do the things you enjoy.

Enjoy a healthy and vital life by taking care of your body!