Available for Interviews: Dr. Alice Fong
Alice Fong, ND, is an integrative naturopathic doctor specializing in stress, integrative medicine, diet & weight loss, and is a business growth consultant for holistic healthcare providers.
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Burnout is the cumulative effects of stress built up over time without enough time to recover. Taking the time to rest and recharge is vital for any human being to be able to function, but many people live in fear of doing so because there is “so much to do.”
Imagine the classic example of the hamster running on a wheel. It would be running pretty fast initially, but if she never got off the wheel and took some time to rest, the hamster would slow down to perhaps a crawl or would barely be moving. But if she got off the wheel, took a nap, ate some food, drank some water—when she got back on, she’d be running at full speed again, and probably gaining more mileage than the hamster that never got off.
So many busy, burnt out professionals are terrified to “get off the wheel,” so the quality of their work and the quality of their life suffers. It is crucial to survival, as well as performing at a higher level, to take that time to support your wellbeing.
Here are 6 Ways Address Burnout:
- Evaluate your performance. Take a step back and actually evaluate your performance and ability to be productive. Notice if there’s a huge disparity between output from the past. Recognize how feelings can impact productivity.
- Manage your time. Ensure you set aside time for self-care. Occasional pushes to accomplish something big or for an urgent deadline is okay once in a while, but if it’s a recurring theme where it happens all the time, this is not healthy.
- Set boundaries with clear communication. Notice if you’re grumpier and more irritable than usual. Take a step back and ask yourself, “Is this how I want to live?” For example, I like helping people, but if I’m not taking time for myself, I tend to be grumpier and less fun to be around and be not much of a service to others. Rather than agreeing to take something on only to be resentful later to the person for adding something to your proverbial plate, communicate what you’re dealing with so they can understand you can’t do everything.
- Let go of the guilt of taking breaks. Know it’s a necessary part of survival to keep going. Taking even short breaks can allow you to recharge so that you can be the best version of yourself.
- Prioritize what really needs to get done. If you take a step back, you might realize that not everything is as urgent as you make it out to be. Notice what you are getting out of how you invest your time. Figure out what’s actually important.
- Get your adrenals and hormones checked by a naturopathic doctor. Your adrenal glands are responsible for releasing the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Knowing how well your adrenals are functioning can give us direction on how best to support our healthy stress response.
Interview: Dr. Alice Fong
Known as the “Virtual Stress Doc,” Alice Fong, ND, helps busy professionals break free from their stress and anxiety so that they can focus on what matters to them using a 5-step holistic approach. She is the founder and CEO of Amour de Soi Wellness, which offers one-on-one wellness programs, corporate wellness workshops, e-learning, and resilience training courses.
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