Feeling Blue, Feeling Occupational Burnout?
Sometimes occupational burnout can be mixed in with the blues, generally. During winter, it’s not unusual for the blues to come around, “when the nights are long and days are short, and getting ready for work and coming home can be grim. It can lead to increased illness, reduced productivity and a general feeling of melancholy,” according to the BBC
And experts say there is a way to make inroads into those occupational feelings – through acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
Occupational Burnout’s Impacts
Burnout has no preference for season. It is what is the physical and emotional fatigue that leads to a loss of motivation for work, which can evolve into feelings of failure.
It doesn’t affect only the work, of course. It can have an impact on your personal life, including your relationships with others. Burnout also impacts physical health, including increased rates of alcoholism.
One of the problems is that you may always be on the go, which is not unusual. “We never turn off – we’re on our phones and computers and television all the time,” says Frank Lipman, MD, a New York-based integrative physician at a wellness center, according to Experience Life “Apart from the food we eat, which is not helping, apart from the normal stresses we may have been under for years – a bad boss, a bad relationship – we have this added layer of technology that is making everything worse.”
Physicians Get Burnout
One of the healthcare professionals linked to burnout are physicians themselves. “Professionals working in such high-stakes and high-stress environments are particularly vulnerable to developing burnout,” says the Society of Critical Care Medicine. “Rates of burnout tend to be particularly high among healthcare professionals working in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) with recent estimates suggesting that approximately half of critical care physicians and one-third of critical care nurses have burnout.”
A key way to deal with occupational burnout, whatever the profession, has to do with channeling “positive emotions as a pathway” to reduce stress.”
Acupuncture “has been found to be an effective intervention for reducing stress and treating other conditions that are aggravated by chronic stress, such as fatigue, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome and sleep disturbance, according to the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).
“The treatment relaxes and revitalizes the central nervous system; treats the tisular and organic disorders and secondary diseases; relaxes the muscular system, restores the physical and emotional balance of the body,” says China Acupuncture
Variations of Acupuncture
Different types of acupuncture can be used to deal with stress, such as auricular acupuncture, which involves placing small magnets on specific acupuncture points. The ear is a common area pinpointed to reduce stress, SCCM says.
Another “allied intervention” is acupressure, which does not involve repeated trips to a clinic and is easily learned. It involves applying manual pressure on relevant acupoints for a minimum of two minutes, according to SCCM.
Traditional Chinese herbs may “also be used to help people manage the physical manifestations of stress and burnout,” it adds.
Among the herbs useful for reducing stress and fatigue are ginseng, astragalus root, licorice root and Rhodiola. Mushrooms such as Reishi and Cordyceps are also good for stress, according to the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Specifically, Rhodiola Rosea “has been studied for the ability to reduce stress in night duty physicians and fight off the fatigue of students caused by stress during exams. Rhodiola extract helps promote a calm emotional state and supports strong mental performance,” says the Art of Acupuncture.
Up to Us – Our Mind
With stress, there may be positive or negative results, for each of us.
“It is our mind that gives these factors an emotional charge, matching information from the environment with former experiences and with our present emotional state. Therefore, tasks and events in our professional or private life may bear a positive charge for some people or a negative one for others, according to China Acupuncture.
Feeling Blue, Feeling Occupational Burnout? A Way Out – Through Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs.
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