Prevention and Treatment
Burnout is defined as a state of “emotional, mental and physical exhaustion following excessive pressure, strain or self-inflicted overwhelm“ (Dictionary of Psychology, Compact 2007).
We see burnout as a result of too much stress in various areas of life, which negatively affects personal well-being to a considerable degree. Burnout syndrome is a state of extreme emotional exhaustion accompanied by reduced productivity, depressive episodes and psychosomatic illness.
Many people are subjected to intense pressure and stress on a daily basis. Constant pressure to perform and succeed – the collision of professional and personal demands and/or personal problems – lead to a state of hyperactivity and tension.
When a person overexerts him- or herself over long periods of time, it can lead to a feeling of emptiness and loss of energy and vitality. Increased irritability, feeling depressed and exhausted as well as various health issues are the inevitable consequence.
From a holistic standpoint, burnout is a combination of congested physical energy, which isn’t utilised or released, and a state of mental exhaustion caused by permanent tension. This continuous state of stress leads to a constant hormone release, which in turn induces a functional adrenal insufficiency. The adrenal gland is overstrained and drastically reduces the hormone release, which then leads to a drop in performance, a weakened immune system and an increased susceptibility to infection. The system is depleted and can no longer switch to a phase of regeneration on its own. Oftentimes, highly stimulating foods make the situation worse by causing vacillating insulin levels and additional pressure on the adrenals.
On a psychological level, this state of exhaustion is reflected by a loss of general interest and motivation, fatigue, a sense of powerlessness, weakened concentration, lack of joy, depressive thoughts, withdrawal and a strong feeling of hopelessness.
Holistic measures calm the sympathetic nervous system and de-stress the body. The adrenals are stimulated positively and are encouraged to slowly recommence their function. The entire energy cycle returns to a flow state and physical as well as mental relaxation is again made possible.
Combined with balanced movements and adequate nutrition, this will result in a positively stimulated and energised body.