There’s no denying it. It’s hard to juggle everything. As your work load piles up at your job, you also strive to maintain your social life, maintain good relationships, balance your finances, get your workout in, and keep your home clean…wishful thinking, isn’t it?

At this rate, you will burn out quickly! In this article, we’ll discuss the emotional and physical signs of burnout.

The best way to recover from burnout is to get your health back on track- physically, mentally, and emotionally!

What Causes Burnout?

The effects of burnout occur when your body is constantly pushed to the limit. Your body is continuously working from the moment you wake up to the moment you lie down at night. Mornings are often too hectic to have breakfast or even take a breather.

We squeeze in an intense workout because we think that’s what our bodies need… it’s the last thing our bodies need!

As you are so stressed out about all the things you have to do for the week, your body is constantly on guard. When you don’t allow your body to relax, it can’t recover and restore itself.

Burnout On a Cellular Level

You stay in a sympathetic state, also known as the “fight or flight” state, when this happens. When you are stressed on a daily basis, your adrenal glands produce cortisol.

Cortisol can affect all your other hormones! – your thyroid, progesterone, and even indirectly impacts your estrogen levels.

Furthermore, when your body is under stress, your adrenals require extra nutrients… B vitamins come to the rescue. It’s a fact, though. Your B vitamins are probably not being restored, are they? Your body cannot complete necessary processes if your B vitamin levels are low- think energy production, brain function, detoxification, cell metabolism, and even mood.

Burnout depletes you of more than just B vitamins; it can also deplete you of:

  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C

Overworked adrenals eventually burn out. In this case, your body can’t keep up, and your hormones, nutrients, and bodily functions get out of balance.

What Does Burnout Feel Like?

Burnout can cause physical and emotional symptoms because your body becomes unbalanced and depleted due to the imbalance.

Physical Feelings Of Burnout

Exhaustion and stress go hand in hand. You will feel extremely fatigued when your body is constantly stressed out. You’ll feel like you’ve run out of energy, your mitochondria won’t be able to produce ATP (aka energy), your hormones will become imbalanced, and you’ll be feeling exhausted.

Aside from fatigue, burnout also manifests physically as:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Stomach Issues: Poor digestion
  • Poor performance

What Burnout Feels Like Emotionally

The levels of certain vitamins and minerals in your body have a profound impact on your mental health. You leave very little for normal processes like mood and brain function when all your resources are directed towards responding to stress.

So, some emotional signs of burnout may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Less creative
  • Unable to cope
  • Feeling drained
  • Don’t feel like being social
  • Don’t want to put energy into relationships

How To Recover From Burnout

When you don’t have access to the right resources, overcoming burnout can be challenging. Taking a night off, for example, due to physical or mental exhaustion, but this is followed by getting back to work the next day.

Having a constant go-go-go life and brushing off your health symptoms is not the answer. Sooner or later, you won’t have the energy to do anything because of your declining health.

10 Tips on How to Recover From Burnout

  1. Be realistic with yourself: Avoid putting ten big tasks on your to-do list if you can’t complete them in 24 hours or even 8 hours.
  2. Reduce your workload: You can’t do everything! Your mental wellbeing and health could be transformed if you invest in some help. Reduce your workload by hiring an assistant or ordering ready-to-go meals once or twice a month.
  3. Learn to say “no”: Saying “yes” to everything may put you at risk for burnout. Say “no” to events that do not bring you absolute joy. Don’t waste your time and energy on things that will only cause you stress and anxiety!
  4. Schedule in “Me time”: You should do it right now! Mark your “you” time on your calendar! Whether it is an hour a day, a day a week, or even a spa day a month, it is up to you. To consciously restore your own wellbeing, you need time.
  5. Consume whole, organic foods: Healthy eating will help restore nutrients, heal your gut, and give you more energy. You will feel sluggish if you consume processed foods and sugary foods.
  6. Try Adaptogenic Herbs: Ashwagandha, Liquorice, Rhodiola, and Borage are great herbs to add to your daily smoothies.
  7. Restore depleted nutrients: Check your nutrient levels to determine which nutrients your body needs. Don’t waste your money on supplements that don’t work! Your functional medicine provider will guide you to the right tests and review your labs to explain what supplements are most appropriate for you.
  8. Balance your hormones: Balancing your hormones will get your body functioning optimally. A hormonal imbalance can increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.
  9. Participate in restorative exercises: If you’re burnt out, intense exercises may not be ideal. Get your body back into balance by practicing restorative yoga.
  10. Work with a functional medicine provider: Functional medicine providers consider genetics, diet, environment, and lifestyle factors. They will optimize your health at the cellular level. By addressing the root cause of your burnout in this way, you can fix it naturally.