Burned Out? How To Reset Your Life And Health

Most of us are faced with endless pressures of work and family and a relentless barrage of tasks, to-dos, and requests, all while trying to manage our health, nutrition, and sleep. It’s easy to become overwhelmed, exhausted, anxious, and burnt out. Feeling like crap has become pervasive in our society. In fact, in 2019, the World Health Organization added “burnout” as a diagnosable medical condition. Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I’m excited to talk to Dr. Neha Sangwan about how to recover from any stage of burnout and build a life founded on a healthy body, mind, and spirit.

Dr. Sangwan and I kick our conversation off by talking about what exactly burnout is and what the primary causes are. Modern life is keeping most of us in a state of chronic stress activation, which puts our bodies in an ongoing state of survival mode—setting the stage for burnout. But burnout is not merely the result of working too hard or feeling physically exhausted for an extended period of time, and it isn’t a personal failure. Each of us has a unique internal navigation system that integrates data from our body, mind, heart, relationships, and spirit.

Dr. Sangwan explains how we can use these five energy levels to identify where we are at risk for burnout, and she offers practical tools for restoring physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual energy. We also talk about the mind traps that drain our energy—perfectionism, judgment, control, blame, and comparison—and how to overcome them.

Dr. Sangwan and I discuss the relationship between boundaries and burnout, the difference between rigid and porous boundaries, and how we can create healthy boundaries that honor our priorities and strengthen our relationships. This episode is full of so many helpful tips on assessing the impact of stress in your own life and taking a proactive mind-body approach to offset its negative effects. I hope you’ll tune in.

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