More Brits than ever are overwhelmed, exhausted and struggling to cope – and women are suffering most. This Stress Awareness Month (April), life design and career coach Selina Barker, shares 5 simple steps to help reclaim your energy and thrive, no matter how busy life gets.
People everywhere are burning out. According to a recent Kalms survey, 87% of Brits have felt stressed, unmotivated, and exhausted over the past two years, with many accepting such symptoms as their ‘new normal’. [i] Unsurprisingly, women (68%) are at greater risk of burnout than men (58%), likely a result of juggling careers alongside an increased expectation to fulfil domestic duties.
Burnout was described by the World Health Organisation in 2019 as an “occupational phenomenon”[ii], conceptualised from chronic workplace stress. But it’s not just in the workplace that we can experience burnout. It can hit us where we don’t expect it – in social settings, when job hunting, and even in our relationships.
Selina Barker, a life design and career change coach, podcast host and author of Burnt Out comments:
“Burnout is a state of feeling emotionally, physically and mentally exhausted, as a result of excessive and prolonged stress. It is our body’s way of signalling there is an energy crisis taking place and something has to change. When we reach this point of exhaustion, we can feel like we can no longer cope with our daily responsibilities, struggle to focus, lose our compassion for others and struggle to switch off or sleep at night.”
Often, people experiencing burnout feel like there’s no escape. But, according to Selina, there is:
“Thankfully, burnout is not a fixed state of being. By identifying what has been causing you to burnout and learning how to manage your energy and design your day so that you can thrive, you can break free from burnout and become more energised, calmer and more fulfilled than ever before.”
Sharing her tips on how to reduce symptoms associated with burnout, Selina comments:
“Managing burnout begins with reclaiming your energy levels, so you can not only feel good in yourself, but can create the life you truly deserve. I recommend my clients try a range of different strategies that I know will help them feel more motivated. Incorporating just a few of these into your daily routines will help to restore a sense of calmness, and tackle the symptoms experienced by burnout.”
- Learn how to manage your energy and design your day so that you feel energised, calm, and focused throughout. Start the day doing something that energises you and sets you up for the day, take a 10-minute break every 90 minutes to recharge your batteries, and in the evening do things that help you to unwind, release the stresses of the day and lift your spirits.
- Use exercise to recharge. Whether it’s a daily walk around the block or a 30-minute HIIT class, exercise comes in all shapes and sizes. If you are feeling physically, mentally, or emotionally drained, exercising can act as a restorative activity and give you a boost of feel-good hormones.
- Try an adaptogen to help regulate stress and make you feel more alert throughout the day. Kalms Rhodiola is made from Rhodiola rosea, a powerful herb that can help your body and brain process stress more effectively. Studies have shown that one tablet twice a day of Rhodiola rosea can help fight fatigue and boost energy levels[iii] and it enhances our ability to concentrate, maintain focus, and promotes a positive mood[iv].
- Discover techniques and habits that help you to calm down when you are starting to go into an urgent, panicked, or stressed-out state. Things that can help you to calm down including going for a walk, calling a friend, doing exercise, and meditation. Experiment and find the things that work for you and always have them in your back pocket when you need them.
- Turn down the volume of your inner critic and start turning up the volume of your inner cheerleader. When you love and believe in yourself and support yourself the same way you would a friend or partner, you will increase your levels of happiness, self-esteem, and confidence.
Kalms Rhodiola Tablets offer a relief from stress, exhaustion, and fatigue – common symptoms associated with burnout. Known for its adaptogen properties, research suggests Rhodiola rosea is an effective stimulant that can help to regulate the body’s stress hormones and relieve symptoms associated with burnout[v]. Studies have shown that taking one tablet of Rhodiola rosea twice a day can help fight fatigue and restore energy levels[vi], and increases our resistance to stress by balancing the neurotransmitters in the brain, without lowering blood sugar levels, which enhances our ability to concentrate, maintain focus, and promotes a positive mood[vii].