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How to Manage Burnout

Burnout, rather than just acute stress which we’re all pretty used to experiencing these days, seems to have become quite pronounced and affecting higher numbers of people than we’ve traditionally expected to see.

2022 was a fairly overwhelming year in different ways to the previous couple. Many people arrived in the clinic with a range of presentations such as exhaustion, stress and trauma, and we supported a lot of nervous systems. Lots of people out there were also still dealing with family rifts over the issues during the past couple of years and some were dealing with awakening to the facts about what they had entered into, particularly if things had not gone according to the mainstream narrative.

I got to the point towards the end of last year when I stopped writing blogs and newsletters and just had to focus on managing day to day in the clinic and the dispensary. After a month off work over the Christmas/New Year period I felt duly refreshed and recovered. But viewing a variety of posts and podcasts from around the place, it’s become clear that there are many people out there who are only just now recognising they have burnt themselves out, not just from overwork, but from the emotional burden of what has gone before.

Having spent a month walking on the beach, gardening, sewing and meditating, it felt like a good time to put something on paper (figuratively!) and write a little bit about managing your way through burnout.

Many of us have periods in our lives when we know we have completely burned out, but we can navigate our way through this with changes in our lives and in our self-care. This is hopefully only a passing phase. Unfortunately, if unacknowledged and left untreated, for others this can become a more chronic state, and this could potentially require support from your homeopath and maybe even support from your GP, along with medication and psychologist or counsellor visits. The reduction in government support for these visits certainly seems to have shaken up a storm in the mental health community as they bear the brunt of all this arising from the last three years.

At times like this we should acknowledge the importance of consulting a medical professional, particularly if you are experiencing physical symptoms such as sleep disorders, headaches, chest pain and digestive problems. If your doctor finds no physical reason for your issues, they are most likely to refer you to another specialist, such as a psychologist.

Setting up healthy lifestyle habits and observing how we mentally approach life can help us stay on course and weather these storms!

How is burnout defined?

The Mayo Clinic defines work burnout specifically as a special type of work-related stress — a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.

The exhaustion, which is a common factor, manifests itself both on the physical and mental or emotional level and can no longer be resolved even through taking a break, relaxing, exercising – the things that may have worked for us in the past. The stress and exhaustion have taken on a life of their own and become chronic.

“Burnout” isn’t actually a medical diagnosis. Some experts think that other conditions, such as depression, are behind burnout and other individual factors, such as personality traits and family life, influence who is likely to experience burnout.

The WHO has declared stress to be one of the most significant health hazards of the 21st century, where every third person (in Germany in this particular statement) is under permanent pressure.

How does burnout develop?

Obviously, there are many reasons for someone to burn out, but generally you’d say there may be the risk of burnout when we are exposed to physical, mental and emotional strain over an extended period of time. In a work situation this might be a period where we are required to go beyond our performance limits for a long time, where unreasonable expectations are put upon us, or we are subjected to a challenging work environment generally.

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About EofH & Melanie Creedy, Homeopath

Melanie Creedy is a Licentiate of the British School of Homeopathy in the UK and holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Homeopathy. She is registered with the Australian Register of Homoeopaths (AROH) and is a member of the Australian Homoeopathic Association. She was Vice President and Professional Development Coordinator of the Australian Homoeopathic Association from 2011 to 2015 and editor of the AHA National Newsletter from 2012 to 2020.

Melanie has used homeopathy since the mid-1980s and has been in practice since 1998. For many years she ran The Children’s Ear Clinic in Western Australia, but since her tree change to Tasmania, has a special interest in helping individuals manage their life and health through looking at a diagnosis or condition in relation to the symbolism of this unique picture. Armed with a range of remedies from the most common to the most unusual and esoteric, Melanie guides people to plumb the depths of their life and spiritual path with homeopathy to help them find insights, to understand and to heal.

Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used alongside conventional medicines, naturopathic prescriptions and other traditional treatments. Homoeopathic medicines have not been known to produce side effects and can be taken in conjunction with pharmaceutical medications as they are not contraindicated.

Our kits are suitable for the management of minor ailments and self-limiting illnesses and not for the home treatment of chronic, ongoing or serious conditions or named diseases. Use only as directed. Always read the label or information supplied. If symptoms persist see your health care practitioner.

For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies. The information provided in this blog does not constitute medical advice but is for information only. If in doubt as to the appropriateness of a  suggestion or treatment seek advice from your homeopath.