How to prevent burn-out through nutrition?

Preventing burn-out through nutrition: how to do it?

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Sébastien Vaumoron – specialist in the prevention of addictions, stress and burn-out – offers us today a reflection on the impact that food can have on exhaustion, also called “burn-out”.

Let’s first recall the broad basics of this ailment: the Professional Exhaustion Syndrome has been studied by the High Authority for Health, which released a file in 2017. It defines burn-out as “physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that results from prolonged investment in emotionally demanding work situations.”

The causes can be varied: work overload, cognitive and/or emotional dissonance, …

However, before reaching this point, which will require medical treatment, we can work upstream to improve the quality of life at work while respecting a perspective of success but also of well-being.

Discover in this article, how to prevent burn-out through nutrition.

▪ Work-life balance: it is very important to be able to make the caesura between work and private life. This disconnection allows you to preserve your mental load and keep time for yourself. Moreover, if work encroaches on the private, it can have an impact on fatigue and therefore decrease concentration and well-being.

Arrange recovery time: we must think about giving ourselves moments of relaxation throughout the week (for example, we can think about hobbies, hobbies). This should be an activity that allows us to disconnect completely from the problems of everyday life. We can then think of sports but also of cultural and social outings.

Focus on good nutrition: nutrition is an important issue that is often overlooked. Yet, nutrition and burnout are often linked. Our brain needs energy throughout the day in order to function at its best, this includes the use of neurotransmitters and hormones that our body must generate. These different hormones allow us to regulate our mood, our stress and improve our concentration, our motivation, etc. In the case of burnout, these systems fail and emotions, fatigue and stress are no longer regulated properly. To avoid these problems, you can encourage the absorption of omega 3 and 6 regularly as well as foods such as milk, eggs, avocado, tomatoes, (all rich in phenylalanine and tyrosine); bananas, chocolate, brown rice (for tryptophan). Regarding the balance of omega 3 and 6, oily fish is naturally a very good source, but also flax oil.

In conclusion, the balance between private and professional life is essential in order to avoid a burn-out. Think about all these elements in the context of prevention or follow-up.

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