Hot in the news this week is burnout with the World Health Organization officially recognizing Burnout as a syndrome of chronic stress at work. (NPR Article).
Stress isn’t an inherent bad thing to our health — it is actually necessary. The same is true for inflammation. The problem comes when we surpass the amount our bodies are supposed to have and maintain that amount long term. That stress then becomes chronic. Stress, like pain, should not be a chronic occurrence. Our nervous systems can be primed to stay in the stressed, sympathetic response.
What do you do to help manage burnout? Not everyone is in a financial situation to just up and quit their job or maybe their job is their deepest passion and they can’t quit. Health still needs to be made a priority, and that is when you bring in your health team.
Yes. You actually need to take time to manage your health away from your desk. Just like your computer has to be optimized to ensure all the equipment is running properly, your body does, too.
Here are some things you can start doing to work your way out of burnout:
- Ensure you are eating meals, and ones that are full of nutritious whole foods, ideally organic.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Sleep 7–8 hours, more if you are someone that needs it.
What if you’re already doing that or your body just won’t seem to let you? It is possible that you’re nervous system is locked into a burnout mode and you might need help.
Upper cervical chiropractic care using the Blair technique can help determine if you have a misalignment that is affecting your neurology or musculoskeletal system. Correcting the misalignment is a great way to work your way out of burnout and out of a sympathetic response. When people start upper cervical care, in addition to a reduction in their headaches and pains, they often report:
- Improved sleep
- Improved digestion
- Increased mental clarity and focus
The other great thing about these benefits is no medication is required. Your body gets to do what it was programmed to do: thrive and balance your modern life.
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