With news that for the first time, the World Health Organization has officially added burnout to its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), and that it will be globally recognised as a disease from 2022, it’s imperative we all take steps to avoid it.
And here, the UK’s leading burnout coach, Rosie Millen, has offered her advice on how to transform your energy by making changes to your diet, lifestyle and mindset.
It’s a cause close to Rosie’s heart, having lived with burnout since 2014, when she collapsed one day in the park. She stayed in bed for three months, couldn’t move, couldn’t talk and, at her worst, she couldn’t lift her head off the pillow. From her educational background, she knew about the adrenal glands and how stress can affect energy, so Rosie began testing herself and after changing her diet, lifestyle, mindset and exercise regime, today, she is 90 per cent recovered.
So, what does she advise?
- Think about the new chapter and what you could do differently: Ask yourself, ‘If I was starting all over, what would I do?’ That way you can feel more assured that when a similar thing happens again, you are more likely to deal with the pitfalls.
- Stop ruminating on a bad day: Don’t think about it as nothing lasts forever! Everything is fleeting and tomorrow is a new day.
- Plan something fun: See what’s going on in town and buy tickets to the next cool event you want to go to. Take your friends and go. When you’re down and out, you’ve got to get out and about. Turn your mind on again and do things that are fun to lift you and put your negative thinking into perspective.
- Exercise: What better way to release all the anger and the feel-good endorphins. Anything is good, even if it’s just 15-20 minutes. It will give you an instant boost and you’ll feel more positively refreshed.