We know it as “burnout”, but it’s more than likely to be Adrenal Exhaustion and it can occur in varying degrees of severity. When burnout is severe, its effects are devastating for the individual and often for family and close associates. The main complaint you’ll feel that initially identifies burnout is overwhelming fatigue upon waking after eight to ten hours sleep or even after a short nap. In short, you’re exhausted.
21 signs to check yourself against:
- Distaste for meat protein due to severely impaired digestion.
- Craving for sweets due to a need for a quick energy source.
- Lowered resistance to disease and/or chronic infections due to an impaired immune response.
- Changes in appetite, often alternating between a ravenous appetite and no appetite at all.
- Symptoms of hypoglycemia and/or diabetes due to decreased or increased glucocorticoid activity, respectively.
- Low blood pressure. Infrequently, a fast oxidizer will experience high blood pressure.
- Fluctuation in weight, due to excessive protein breakdown and increased fat deposition.
- Inability to adequately cope with daily life stresses.
- Reduced work performance.
- Loss of initiative and a sense of hopelessness.
- Disinterest in sex, due to an excessive fight-or-flight response.
- With worsening burnout, disinterest in all aspects of one’s life.
- Mental depression that can lead to despair and suicidal thoughts.
- Fears, phobias, agoraphobia and/or anxiety, due to an excessive fight-or-flight response.
- Disinterest in one’s appearance.
- Psychological withdrawal, due to an excessive fight-or-flight response.
- Feeling that one’s life is empty and lacks purpose.
- Inability to concentrate or ‘spaciness’.
- Attraction to stimulants, leading to a wide variety of addictions.
- In children: hyperactivity, behavioral disorders, attention deficit and failure to thrive syndrome in severe cases.
- In teenagers: delinquency, drugs, alcoholism and suicidal thoughts.
7 Myths about Burnout:
Myth #1. Burnout is a psychological problem. No, it is a physical problem, although psychological factors may contribute to its cause. Burnout is not “just in your head”.
Myth #2. A person in burnout just lies around all day. In fact, many people in burnout hold full-time jobs and appear to be in good health. But they are tired and often require stimulants to keep going. They may use their work to forget how tired they are. This may go on for years before a serious condition arises.
Myth #3. Vigorous exercise is good for the person in burnout. People in burnout are often attracted to vigorous exercise as a temporary fix. However, over time it can further exhaust their bodies.
Myth #4. A vacation, diet, or vitamin product will correct burnout. Most people never recover from burnout. It takes a commitment to health, a nutritional regimen and often other natural therapies as well to pull out of burnout.
Myth #5. Burnout happens mainly to men in high-stress occupations. In fact, it occurs to both sexes at any age.
Myth #6. Burnout only affects the physical body. No. It affects every area of life. Work quality often suffers. Relationships suffer because a person loses interest in many activities, including his partner. Energy must be conserved just to stay alive. Often the partner does not understand what is happening, which makes it worse.
Myth #7. Smoking and a hectic lifestyle cause burnout. This is possible, but it can also be the reverse. A person in burnout is attracted to stimulants such as smoking, drugs, alcohol or excessive activity to compensate for feelings of exhaustion.
Depending on the severity, one to five years may be required for complete recovery from burnout. The time required depends largely upon a person’s commitment to getting well. While a morbid preoccupation with health is not desirable, there needs to be a willingness to follow a program of nutrition and lifestyle like what you receive at S.E.L.F. Nutrition to allow recovery from burnout.
Recovery time also depends upon how severe the burnout problem is. This unfortunately cannot be known beforehand or by symptoms alone. Some people respond rapidly, while in others the response is slow. As with any attempt for improvement, commitment is required. Many individuals feel that recovery is not worth the effort. By this attitude they assure their failure.
One of the keys to recovery from burnout is repeat tissue mineral testing. This is necessary because body chemistry will change as improvement occurs. The program must be tailored directly to an individual’s body chemistry to keep energy levels high. Retesting is like a mid-course correction that is essential for success.