STRESS & BURNOUT

Could constant stress be causing chaos in your body?

You’re sitting in traffic, late for an important meeting or the school run, watching the clock tick away. This sets off an alarm system in your body and through nerve and hormonal signals, prompts your adrenal glands to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These stress hormones trigger your body’s “fight or flight” response which protects your body in an emergency by preparing you to react quickly. Your heart starts racing, your breath quickens, and your muscles prepare for action… 

The body’s stress response system is usually self-regulating and once a perceived threat has passed, hormone levels return to normal. But when stressors are always present and you constantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight response stays turned on. But when the stress response keeps firing, day after day, it could put your health at serious risk.

The long-term activation of stress responses, excess cortisol and other stress hormones disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of many health problems including fatigue, feeling tired all the time, exhaustion, anxiety, depression, digestive problems, headaches, muscle tension, high blood pressure, sleep problems, weight gain, memory issues and brain fog.

But what is burnout? Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion which happens to us all at some time. Our lives get busy and we are constantly on the go working, helping others or taking care of our families. Sometimes, we get too busy and forget to take time out and rest. This is when burnout can occur.

Burnout is caused by excessive and prolonged emotional, physical and mental stress. It doesn’t happen immediately and is a gradual process that builds with stressors from life or work when you’re overwhelmed or unable to keep up with life’s incessant demands. It leaves you feeling depleted of energy or exhausted and left untreated, affects your physical and mental wellbeing

Signs and symptoms can be subtle initially so you keep going, but the longer they continue the worse they become. Without allowing adequate time for rest and relaxation, you’ll find you are dealing with increased symptoms and find it harder to function normally. I’ve been there so I know how you feel but with the right dietary and lifestyle changes you can feel better than ever!

Fuel yourself right to avoid burnout!

Common signs of stress and burnout which leave you feeling drained and unable emotionally to deal with life include:

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Constantly feeling tired or drained

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Frequent gastrointestinal problems

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Digestive issues or changes in appetite

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Insomnia or changes in sleep patterns

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Weakened immune system

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Taking longer to recover from a cold

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Headaches or migraines

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Teeth grinding or jaw clenching

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Muscle tension or pain

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High blood pressure (hypertension)

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Palpitations or shortness of breath

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Panic attacks

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Feeling detached, distant or trapped

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Lack of focus or concentration

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Cynical or negative outlook

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Lack of enthusiam or motivation

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Anxious racing mind

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Feeling wired and tired

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Depression and/or irritability

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Quick to cry or anger

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Feeling overwhelmed and/or frustrated

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Taking longer to get things done

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Procrastinating 

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Self-doubt

So what can you do?

Book a consultation to get to the root cause of your symptoms

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Follow a personalised nutrition plan to improve energy levels and reduce stress

Consider laboratory testing to assess your stress hormone levels here

Beat burnout and restore your energy, mood & focus