Burnout recovery takes time. A lot of time, sometimes. I would say it’s a work in progress, because once your mind-body system gets used to be constantly flared up and out of control, it’s hard to reset and restore it back to balance. For instances, I would like to confidently say that I’m recovered by now, but I can’t. I’m taking my personal recovery as a day-by-day project, since I never really know when memories or present situations will trigger and send me back to living out of sync with my breath and human capacity.
I can, however, tell and share how I have been recovering and getting my human energy back. Although not totally surprised, I’m still astonished with the results I have been getting. I went from having early dementia symptoms (memory problems, reduced concentration, apathy, withdrawal, reduced awareness, and loss of ability to do everyday tasks) to clear, focused awareness and healthy energy levels without having to rely on my double espressos. All I did was to change my lifestyle. Here are 5 of the most important changes:
1. Whole-food Meals
Eating the right veggies, the right sources of protein and carbs for my body and mind has made an incredible difference. I practise intuitive eating, so I would like to emphasise here the importance of listening to your body and to its signs. What is your body asking for? When I go to the supermarket, I use a special trick: I go within and I ask my body what foods do I need. Our body and needs change with time and life stages. This means that while my body asks for more omega 3 this week (e.g. it makes me want to eat sardines), next week I may need to focus on leaner protein. The beauty of intuitive eating is that I always pick up the ingredients I need and which will benefit me the most.
2. Food Supplements
I have to acknowledge here that I was nutritionally deficient. I sensed it and yet I did not have the right mindset, motivation, and mindfulness to make the changes I knew I had to, if I really wanted to bring myself back to good health. The problem wasn’t lack of information about what I should be doing with my mind and body but rather a lack of motivation and focused awareness to put myself through the change process. It was so much comforting to just have another Big Mac and run away from my painful feelings. I can’t even call it a quick-fix, because it wouldn’t fix anything, even if just temporarily. To be fully functional, our mind and body need the right fuel, so paired with a whole-food meal plan I also took magnesium, iron, and a multivitamin supplement for 10-days in a row.
3. Guided Meditations
I didn’t think that I would return to my meditation practise in a moment of pure despair, but that’s what happened. Whenever I felt anxious, afflicted, or disturbed in anyway, I listened to guided meditations. In the very beginning, I did 10 or more meditation sessions a day. I meditated whenever I felt the need to stop my mind and reconnect with a lighter form of being. It brought me calmness when I was out of it. To help me with practise, I used the Insight Timer mobile app.
4. Stretching and Light Exercises
We store toxins and emotional memories in our body so it’s very important to move and stretch. Although intense exercise is not the best option when recovering from burnout, light exercises can have a huge impact in our physical wellbeing and maintenance, since it helps the body’s fluids to circulate and awakens our physical stamina.
5. Plenty of Water
Think of water as the natural shampoo for your internal body. To wash away the toxins and waste, you need plenty of water. You can make flavoured water using natural ingredients such as berries, cucumber, and lemon. Check out these 3 tricks that will help increase your water intake.
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