The work culture can be very intense in Asia. How do burnouts impact our health? How do we recognise the signs? And how can we prevent them? Dr. Damien Mouellic, Osteopath, Functional Medicine practitioner and our Director here at C&SW, offers some tips in Abroad With Care Podcast’s latest episode.
6 Tips To Tackle Burnout:
- Listen to those who care about you when they advise you to ‘take a step back’: many times we are so inmersed in the work routine we dismiss the signs of a burnout. Listen to those who care about you and know you. They might see more than you do!
- Watch out for the signs: these can include memory loss, fatigue, high irritability and psychological distress. Mental exhaustion can not only lead to not being able to work, it can even result in mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Also, as Damien explains, he is seeing more and more patients that fit the burnout picture and that are also experiencing gut disorders such as indigestion, SIBO, IBS, leaky gut, malnutrition (instigated by bad lifestyle eating). This is due to the high levels of cortisol generated, which can impact the gut very negatively in the short and long term.
- Exercise: Cardiovascular exercise has been found to increase well-being and decrease psychological distress, perceived stress, and emotional exhaustion. It can be noticeably effective in increasing well-being and personal accomplishment and reducing perceived stress.
- Meditate: Mindfulness meditation has been shown to significantly reduce stress and anxiety. Taking some time every day to live in the present and focus on yourself can can have a tremendous impact on your day!
- Simply take a break: Covid 19 restrictions keep you from travelling? Try taking a break anyway. As Damien recalls from his own experience, taking a few weeks off from work to just relax, wind down and spend time with loved ones can have the same impact as going on holiday to Phuket for a few weeks.
- Try something new: one of the consequences of burnout is you loose all interest and purpose. That’s why it can be very positive to try and engage in something new, an activity that has nothing to do with work or whatever is causing your stress. Start a fun project, something you’ve never tried or resume a favorite hobby.