Feeling chronically exhausted? Take a different approach to wellness to put an end to stress and anxiety.
Mental wellbeing is just as important as physical wellbeing, and the World Health Organization has even added burnout to the International Classification of Diseases, meaning it will become a globally recognised medical condition as of 2020. Defined as chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed, burnout is becoming increasingly common.
‘You can reach burnout when your nervous system is in overdrive for too long, often due to stress. A lack of rest, relaxation or general downtime from stress is like depriving your body of good food – eventually your energy and mental resources start to run out. The results can include fatigue or exhaustion, finding it hard to concentrate or make decisions. You may find that even little things upset you,’ explains nutritionist and fitness instructor Cassandra Barns.
If you’re feeling under pressure, try these effective tips to look after mental wellbeing.
Keep an emotions diary
If you regularly feel short of time, tired, unmotivated and as a result spend most of the week feeling stressed and demoralised, it’s easy to wish your week away and look forward to the weekend as a means of escape.
‘Try keeping a diary to help make sense of your thoughts and feelings. Activities that distract your mind from a flurry of thoughts can also help you unwind and de-stress – even something as simple as reading a book for pleasure can be beneficial,’ says mindset coach Isabella Venour (mind-style.com)
Rework your sleep routine
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The increased pace of life at home and work, constant social media updates, flexible working and zero hour contracts mean old boundaries have melted and we are ‘on’ continuously. This can take its toll on how we feel.
Psychologist and psychotherapist Corinne Sweet, working in association with thinkwell-livewell.com, says that we need to take a step back; ‘We need to pace ourselves on a human scale. We need to eat well, sleep adequately, wind down, take exercise, moderate addictive pulls (limit alcohol, caffeine), and learn basic mindfulness techniques to live more in the present.’
Corrine recommends the new ThinkWell-LiveWell Mindfulness and More Toolkit which combines holistic techniques such as cognitive work, NLP, hypnotherapy, guided meditation and dream-work, delivered in both online and offline forms.
Boost your good fats
A healthy diet can help to reduce stress levels and it’s thought that low levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the brain could be related to anxiety disorders. Adding sources of good omega-3s to your diet, such as fish, flaxseed and nuts, could help soothe symptoms of anxiety. For a boost of omega-3 try NHP’s Omega 3 Support (£29.77, www.naturalhealthpractice.com).
Get green fingered
Decorating your living space with leafy houseplants can be instantly soothing.
‘Not only do houseplants help improve air quality and lift mood, but they may have specific health properties of their own. Lavender could be particularly helpful if you’re worried about burnout, as it can help with stress reduction and sleep. Although it tends to be an outdoor plant, growing this beautifully scented plant indoors can be well worth your time. Ensure that your pot plant has access to bright daylight and fresh air.’ says nutritionist Lily Soutter, (lilysoutternutrition.com)