Are you the type of person who wakes up in the morning and still feels tired no matter how much sleep you had the night before? Or are having a difficult time concentrating or paying attention to a task making you less productive? Maybe you even feel emotionally exhausted to the point where you’re agitated or anxious in public settings and would rather stay home every night of the week following long stressful days at work. These are all signs of burnout or severe chronic stress. As of recently, the health care industry is starting to recognize this condition in the same category of “lifestyle-related illness” as type-2 diabetes. This is not because they have the same symptoms, but because they are considered illnesses that are impacted by the choices you make in how you live your life. Lifestyle choices can drastically increase your chances of suffering from these types of conditions. With type-2 diabetes, it is the lifestyle choices of poor diet and lack of exercise or physical activity over many years. With burnout, it is the lifestyle choices of over working yourself, over-stressing, poor diet, lack of exercise, lack of quality sleep, and lack of mental health self care.
Cortisol is the stress hormone released within the body when individuals are in states of higher stress. It is released in short-term stressful situations also known as “fight or flight”. Higher levels of adrenaline and cortisol are released into the blood stream, enhancing the amount of glucose or energy in the blood for the brain and body to use. This is a natural, much needed protective response in the short-term. However, in cases of long-term or chronic heightened stress, higher levels of cortisol in the blood can have negative overall effects on sleep, digestion, and the immune system. It is thought that as the body continues to produce large amounts of cortisol over long periods of time, we begin to have difficulty producing it. This is known as burnout or adrenal fatigue.
So what can be done about burnout? Some tips include finding a stress-relieving hobby, having a strong network of friends and family that you enjoy spending time with, light exercise such as nature walks, and taking time for self-care activities such as meditation, yoga, vacations, naps and mental health days. Chiropractic treatment is a perfect way to care for yourself, including both your mental and physical well-being. Taking 30 minutes for yourself to relax, stretch your body, and receive a chiropractic manipulation, can be very restoring. Chiropractic manipulation has been found to release endorphins, the “feel good” hormone of the body, which helps to counteract stress. At Rochester ChiroTherapy, we take extra time with every patient to ensure a relaxing experience by providing stretching and deep tissue work. Regular chiropractic treatments for maintenance of stress and stress-related symptoms can be one piece of the puzzle in helping you live a happier, healthier life.
If you feel like you are suffering from burnout and are looking for a chiropractor Rochester, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns to Rochester ChiroTherapy.