WELLNESS WEDNESDAY SERIES: How to Tackle Burnout - Tips From Our Experts

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY SERIES: How to Tackle Burnout - Tips From Our Experts

Are you a sucker for the snooze button? Do you need endless amounts of coffee to stay awake? Do you find that there simply are not enough hours in the day to get everything done? If this all sounds a bit too familiar, then it’s likely you’re a victim of burnout.

Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion caused by a variety of factors. These can even be simple day-to-day tasks in your life that lead to provoke internal stressors – leading to a persistent negative attitude towards work, self-esteem and personal devaluation.

For our last Wellness Wednesday we teamed up with GoodZing, a wellbeing platform with all the answers to your wellness questions. GoodZing's founder Serena hosted a panel with the experts, Dr. Dani Gordon, Sara Jackson and Alex Howard at our Carnaby flagship to talk all things burnout. Here are their top tips:

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Tips from Dr. Dani Gordon

Meet @drdanigordon, Medical Doctor, Integrated Medicine Physician and expert in CBD who shared her top tips on burnout prevention.

Tip 1: What You Eat

We really want to fuel our bodies with mitochondrial fuel for our energy powerhouses. Without fueling your mitochondria with the right foods, without getting rid of the things that deplete your mitochondria, which is really a recipe for feeling stressed, sluggish, and lethargic.

Foods that fuel our mitochondria are deep green vegetables and rainbow foods (whole foods that are lovely rich colors), so really any unrefined whole foods. If I am simply too busy or going on a run, I will occasionally use a green powder as a supplement for this.

Tip 2: Resilience Resets

I take one minute every hour to do a mini meditation, which simply reminds me to just take a minute and breathe. I close my eyes, focus on my breath, and that’s it. This has helped me prevent those energy spirals that tend to happen when we are at our office all day, stressed, running around and our brain gets stuck in these stressed spirals.

Tip 3: Replace stimulants with Adaptogens

Instead of going for coffee, caffeine or energy drinks during a ‘slump’ especially in the afternoon – I would go for a herbal adaptogen which helps stress respond in your adrenal systems much better.

Other adaptogens include medicinal mushrooms, CBD oil and cannabidiol, which are safe for most people and most find that it calms them down at the end of the day.

Tips from Sara Jackson

Meet @sjhealth.co.uk, Nutritional Therapist and Naturopath.

Skipping meals when you have burnout is one of the worst things you can do. Start your day with a nutritious breakfast full of low Glycemic load foods like chia seeds, oats, eggs and buckwheat to assist your blood sugar regulation. Plant based fibrous foods are also key to maintaining good gut bacteria.

Cut out the coffee! Many people turn to coffee when they are worn out or stressed, when in reality it can exacerbate your burnout symptoms particularly in the afternoon or evening.

As for CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), looking at our gut and digestion is a key foundation layer because we know that conditions like IBS are extremely common with CFS.

Tips from Alex Howard

Alex Howard is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and runs the Optimum Health Clinic on Harley Street. Having had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome himself, he was the perfect person to share his experience with us.

What is the difference between being ‘Tired vs. Wired?’

‘Tired and wired’ basically feels exactly like it sounds – the feeling of being drained and having no energy, but our mind and our nervous system feel over stimulated. It’s when we’re trying to rest physically, but we feel agitated.

Many things can influence ‘tired and wired’. When we go into a crash, we run out of normal energy and go into nervous energy. If we take the ‘wired’ out of the phrase, we then have normal energy and are left with just the feeling of tiredness. However this is a good feeling of tiredness as it is one that we can rest and relax into – a healing state.

When we’re wired, we can’t rest and heal, so in order to stay in a healing state and manage symptoms of CFS, we must listen to our bodies and recognise that we can use normal energy on an upward curve and need to rest when we are on a downward curve. It’s all about listening to your body and developing your very own healing process and figuring out what works for you.

If you missed our last event and would like know about upcoming Wellness Wednesday’s, please check out our Eventbrite Page.