For professionals who are feeling burned out from summer travel while trying to keep up with a busy schedule, settling back into work can leave you feeling overwhelmed, tired, and unmotivated.
But there are things you can do to avoid back-to-work burnout and feel rested, rejuvenated, and like yourself again. Below are some of our top self-care tips for a holistic approach while aiming to achieve work-life balance:
Of course, we all need our rest, but staying social and connected when you’re tired is incredibly important. This is because by nurturing loving relationships with physical touch such as hugs and cuddling, you can actually activate repair genes in your body. This concept is called sociogenomics, how different social factors and processes affect the activity of the genome.
This field has identified that genes both regulate social behavior and are influenced by social behavior. Put simply, there is now a wealth of research showing relationships that make you feel good, are good for you.
The opposite is also true in that studies show when in you engage in unfulfilling, emotionally draining, and/or hurtful relationships, the genes for inflammation are activated, increasing your risk of chronic disease.
The same goes for having no relationships as loneliness is becoming known as one of the greatest compromisers of health. To emphasize its importance, some experts say smoking cigarettes is actually better for your health than chronically feeling lonely. When you consider the research, that may really be true- according to the National Institute on Aging the health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Social isolation and loneliness have even been estimated to shorten a person's life span by as many as 15 years.
So, making time for phone calls with friends, scheduling lunch dates with loved ones, and just planning time in your day to connect with others can greatly benefit your mental and physical health, especially when you aren’t feeling your best.
Cold therapy is another great form of stress management as it can boost your energy levels and promote your overall well-being. Cold therapy involves exposing your body to cold temperatures, which can help to reduce inflammation and improve circulation. This can help you feel more alert and awake, and it can also help to relieve muscle pain and soreness.
Did you know?
Cold therapy is shown to reduce your risk of anxiety, depression, and improve emotional health. This is because when your body is exposed to the cold, it releases norepinephrine and endorphins into the bloodstream as a way to compensate and keep you alert in cold, harsh conditions. Norepinephrine is a hormone and neurotransmitter that supports mental health by enhancing focus, attention, and mood.
Consider Cryotherapy for a quick 3-minute refresh at -150 degrees Fahrenheit.
Nutrition is key when building a healthy response to stress, which is why in addition to a healthy diet, our experts recommend supplementation to fill in the gaps in your modern diet.
There are a number of different supplements that can help to improve your energy levels, focus, and overall health. Some of the most popular supplements for back-to-work include:
IV Therapy is a great way to boost your energy, improve your focus, and get the nutrients you need to stay healthy. IV therapies can provide hydration, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your body may be lacking. This can help you feel more energized, focused, and less stressed.
If you’re battling burnout, consider the Next Health Stress IV.
Self-care is an essential part of healthy living because when you make time for relaxation, mindfulness, and listening to your body, you are able to return to your responsibilities more clear-headed and productive.
Self-care can look like:
Have questions about self-care practices to avoid burnout? Call or text us at: (310) 295-2075