Recover From Burnout Naturally

While Building Resilience to Stress & Adrenal Fatigue

Burnout, adrenal fatigue, and even anxiety and low mood, are all closely linked to nutritional deficiencies, hormonal balance, adrenals & digestive health.

Natural medicine offers a real alternative in managing our mental and emotional health. In fact, I was introduced to Naturopathy over 30 years ago, when I was experiencing burnout and was very rundown. I was amazed by how quickly my health picked up and what a life changing difference it made. What’s more, this is what led me to train as a Naturopath, and is why this subject is so close to my heart.

People frequently come and see me in London, Suffolk or online, with the following issues, but please call with any questions about symptoms you may be experiencing.

Stress, Adrenal Fatigue & Burnout

Do you feel burnt out and exhausted?

So many of us these days find ourselves under increasing stress and pressure. This can be from working long hours, excessive demands from work or other responsibilities, family strains and demands, mental trauma (eg financial or personal difficulties), post-traumatic stress, excessive stimulant/drug/alcohol use, sleep deprivation, and the list goes on.

When the adrenal and nervous systems are rundown, the impact of these stresses has a much more powerful affect. Burnout and adrenal fatigue are something I see more and more in my practice. The ramifications are broad, not only physically but mentally also, with far reaching affects in work, social and family life. What’s more, if you have adrenal fatigue and burnout, it can also be a major cause of excess fat storage and low energy levels.

SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

  • Morning fatigue or trouble waking up
  • Decreased libido
  • Depression
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor focus
  • Bone loss
  • Inflammation
  • Increased allergies
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Cravings for sugar
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle tension
  • Inability to tolerate high-carb/potassium foods unless paired with fat and protein.

NATURAL MEDICINE

Fortunately, there are good natural remedies to help get through this. Everyone will have their own requirements and I will help you with what you need and for how long. The key here is to identify which areas of your body have been affected, such as the nervous system, digestive function, thyroid, etc and corrrect these areas, while at the same time alleviating symptoms. In a consultation I will carry out an iridology test to pinpoint what needs to be addressed.

Typically I will include herbs, such as Ashwagadha, Astragalus, Holy basil depending on the underlying factors of your health. In addition, minerals and nutirtional support is essential, including magnesium and other minerals in balance, B vitamins and other essential vitamins. Finally, homeopathy is a key tool in helping with how we feel, and this is usually an important component of the program.

DIET

Your diet should be packed with healthy super foods and a balance of healthy fats, quality proteins and vegetables – I will go over this in more detail in consultation. What’s more, what you avoid is as important as what you include. Cutting down and out if possible things like hydrogenated oils, processed foods, sugars and sweeteners and caffeine is an excellent first step.  Diet can go a long way to making you feel better and take pressure off an already overworked and exhausted system.

STRESS REDUCTION

The last and most important key to restoring your adrenal function is to heed your mind and stress needs.

Here are some simple steps to follow:

  • Rest when you feel tired as much as possible.
  • Sleep 8–10 hours a night.
  • Avoid staying up late and stay on a regular sleep cycle — ideally, in bed before 10 p.m.
  • Laugh and do something fun every day.
  • Minimize work and relational stress.
  • Eat on a regular food cycle, and reduce your caffeine and sugar addiction.
  • Exercise (even moderate exercise and walking can help).
  • Avoid negative people.
  • Take time for yourself (do something relaxing).
  • Seek effective help for any traumatic experiences.

Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety and depression are very common things for people to come and see me about, with such huge affects across a person’s daily life.

Very often and very quickly people often find themselves on medication. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications are a subject I’m concerned about. I have seen them prescribed for the purpose of giving up smoking, tired mums and “active kids”, but in particular I very often feel they are not necessary and that they don’t treat the underlying predisposition a person so often has. To be fair, there are a few of my clients who have said they felt better on these types of medications – but the underlying cause remains untreated. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications also have potential side effects, some cited include suicidal thoughts, sexual problems, mania, tiredness, diabetes, decreased alertness, tooth decay, and the list goes on.

In my experience, very often the answer to depression and anxiety lies in making lifestyle changes, correcting nutritional deficiencies and achieving a state of hormonal balance. By bandaiding the problem with drugs, these issues are allowed to continue to spiral. There are always going to be scenarios, such as loss, divorce, job or financial loss, etc, in which it is natural for people to feel depressed and upset. Recovering from these can be helped with natural medicine. In addition, and more commonly, I see people who are rundown, tired, depressed, anxious, running on empty, experiencing feelings of hopelessness and despair. On closer examination, there are usually simple things that can be applied, which instead of subduing a person and their feelings, actually raises their level of wellbeing and state of mind.

If you are considering coming off medication, please contact me and your doctor before doing so.

Here’s a couple of examples from clients of mine to demonstrate some of the changes people have experienced in their lives:

“This last week I went the entire week without my medication and in fact I have not felt this good in 12 to 15 years. I feel and act that much younger and that is all very much appreciated.”

“I already have more energy & drive, with just three days on the program, than I’ve had in months … maybe years!”

“From someone who never stayed out after 8.30-9.00pm, I have broken all records – partying until 4am. And of more importance is spending more time at night with my son.”

“This has been the best week I’ve had in three years. I haven’t had any anxiety, no speeding feeling at all. I am so positive and I’m much happier. I have more energy overall.” She later wrote back saying, “I have finished the program, I had the best month in years. Completely anxiety free, sleeping well, and very happy.”

“My son has been on your regime for 3 days – he seems far more lively and answers back a lot! He is SO high (in a happy and cheerful way) – have reduced Prozac to 0.6ml. He seems to be rather bouncy – he says he feels happier, especially at school.”

Hear from my clients

“I went to see Nick because I was feeling anxious and run down. I had adrenal fatigue as well as problems with my digestion and sluggish circulatory system. Nick supplied me with the necessary tinctures and pills which have made a huge difference to my well-being. I feel so much better in myself. I’m really thankful that Nick was available if I needed to ask a question either by email or phone. Thank you Nick.”
– Jacky

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