Preventing burn-out through nutrition: what to do?

Find out in this article how nutrition can help prevent burn-out

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

First of all, let’s remind ourselves of the main bases of this illness: the Professional Exhaustion Syndrome has been studied by the High Authority for Health, which published a file in 2017. It defines burn-out as “physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion resulting from prolonged investment in emotionally demanding work situations”.

The causes can be varied: work overload, cognitive and/or emotional dissonance, etc. However, before reaching this point, which will require medical treatment, work can be done upstream to improve the quality of life at work while respecting a perspective of success but also of well-being. We explain everything in an article by AZEOO.

Work-life balance

It is very important to be able to make a break between work and private life. This disconnection allows you to preserve your mental load and keep time for yourself. Moreover, if work encroaches on private life, this can have an impact on fatigue and therefore reduce concentration and well-being.

Setting aside time for recovery

We should think about giving ourselves moments of relaxation during the week (for example, hobbies). This should be an activity that allows us to disconnect completely from the problems of everyday life. We can 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 burn-out are often linked. Our brain needs energy throughout the day to function at its best, including the use of neurotransmitters and hormones that our body needs to generate. These different hormones regulate our mood, stress and improve our concentration, 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). As far as the balance of omega 3 and 6 is concerned, oily fish is naturally a very good source, but also flaxseed 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 personalised follow-up. Aware of this issue, AZEOO offers, via its all-in-one coaching software, the YourDiet functionality dedicated exclusively to nutrition for all your clients.

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