When you are experiencing long term, unrelenting and constant stress the result can be what is called "Burn Out". Burnout is a state of complete physical, mental and emotional exhaustion.
How do you know if you're experiencing Burn Out? It is often associated with:
How do Holistic Therapies Help with Burn Out?
Massage Therapy encourages you to get out of your head and present in your physical body. It helps to create better body awareness of the muscles that you are tensing and holding tight (such as muscles pulling your shoulders up towards your ears, rounded and hunched shoulders...) Through awareness we can purposely encourage ourselves to relax.
Massage also helps to:
Yin Yoga can help to bridge the calm between Body and Mind. Slowly moving into and out of poses, holding them for longer periods along with breathwork honours the body and the muscles that move you.
Through regular yoga practice you may discover that you are able to refocus and retrain your mind to perceive stress differently. Meditation is also helpful with bridging the calm
Craniosacral Therapy encourages the Nervous System to relax. In that state of Burnout our Nervous System can often be stuck in "fight or flight" mode. With this calming comes opportunity for the body to reset. We may also find, in that moment of calm, that those things that are stressful are not as important in our life as we've thought and can be let go.
Reiki brings a sense of peace and calm to your Mind, Body and Spirit. In a fully relaxed state our mind has room to sort through what is necessary and what is ready to be released. It offers a chance to let go and reconnect with what is truly important to you. It is also during a relaxed state that our body does what it does best ~ heals naturally.
First steps for Burn Out
The most important first step is when you realize that you are burned out, or nearing that phase, and recognize that you need to make changes. That voice in your head that says you don't have time needs to be ignored for you own well-being.
Next step would be to explore ways in which the Burn Out is affecting you physically, emotionally and mentally and reach out to professionals to help you through it. Your health care provider may be the best resource and place to start.
Once you begin to work through the Burn Out phase you being the healing process to recapturing a life that nurtures your being.