From an Ayurvedic point of view, those who are in burnout have lost their balance. This refers not only to one's s mental balance but also to the balance of the doshas. In general, the doshas Vata and pitta are affected by burnout syndrome. Ayurveda has numerous recommendations for regaining balance in the case of burnout.
What is burnout?
Burnout means being burnt out.
Many people exhaust themselves in their jobs, want to achieve the unachievable, work for praise, and aim to outshine others.
The bar is set higher and higher, reaching it becomes almost impossible.
Most of the time it is due to their own excessive demands on themselves that someone ends up in burnout.
But also, the unlimited availability of employees, the inability to switch off can lead to burnout.
Self-doubt, a crisis of purpose, a drop in performance, or depression.
Burnout has many faces. Self-doubt, self-criticism, and others become dominant themes.
When these symptoms appear, increased attention is required. A drop in performance can then signal the beginning of burnout.
Burnout is often accompanied by depression.
The boundaries between burnout and depression are not always easy to perceive.
This is how you can recognize whether you are in burnout or on the verge of it.
- You feel emotionally exhausted. You feel despondent, powerless, empty inside.
- You no longer have a real human relationship with your colleagues.
- You are distant, almost cynical and regard your colleagues as objects.
- You have the feeling that you can no longer achieve success. You have doubts as to whether your work still makes sense.
- You find it difficult to organize your normal everyday life. You start to avoid friends.
Ayurvedic recommendations for burnout
People in burnout suffer from a high degree of stress and are at the same time plagued by grueling restlessness.
From an Ayurvedic point of view, the doshas Vata and Pitta have been driven up and up for months, perhaps even years.
An increased Vata increases restlessness, doubt, and anxiety. Elevated Pitta drives the person into over-perfection
and exaggeration of all sensations.
What helps now is to increase the Kapha dosha so that Vata and Pitta can gradually return to a normal level.
It all starts with better self-awareness
Burnout is a complex disorder on a physical, mental and spiritual level.
To regain balance in one's own system, a regular daily routine is a very first measure.
Awareness of one's own real need for sleep helps on the way to relaxation. Regular meals of high-quality, preferably organic foods, fresh and cooked with love, can also improve the overstrained attitude to life.
This may sound banal, but from the Ayurvedic point of view, it is a basis for escaping burnout again with further therapeutic measures.
Ayurvedic therapeutic measures for burnout
- Panchakarma treatment - deep release of stress from the cells
- Pranayama - the relaxing alternating breaths
- Yoga - the proven method for relaxation and strengthening
- Meditation - calms the nervous system and strengthens self-awareness
With an Ayurvedic Panchakarma cure
, the balance of the doshas
can be restored very efficiently.
Panchakarma treatment is always the royal road to health - physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Preventing burnout with Ayurveda
Burnout does not happen overnight.
Long before it happens, the first symptoms can be observed.
- Joylessness, listlessness, dejection, fatigue, sleep disorders
- Tiredness, sleep disturbances
- Irritability, dissatisfaction
- Resignation, frustration
- Anxiety and/or panic attacks
- Poor concentration, forgetfulness
- Increased susceptibility to infectious diseases
- Lack of desire during sex, erection problems
If some of these symptoms apply to you, you can already prevent worse with Ayurveda.
With an Ayurvedic Panchakarma cure, you can successfully break out of the thought pattern that has brought you into this situation. Changing the mental attitude also brings about a physical change. That is why Ayurveda always treats all three levels simultaneously; the physical, the mental, and the spiritual level.
Wrong thinking, wanting, and deciding steers every person into illness.
Those who think out of habit, "I have to do this", "This is what is expected of me", maneuver
into an unhealthy situation. Habits can be positive, but unexamined habits are not.
The opposite, a healthy and mindful lifestyle, can bring every person out of the most
stressful situation. Ayurveda starts here with methods that have been tried and tested for thousands of years. Whoever lives according to Ayurvedic recommendations decides
naturally for a healthy and happy life. If a person is in balance with his doshas, she/he has the full power to decide for himself the path of happiness and health.
It is, therefore, worthwhile to change to an ayurvedic way of life at the first signs of burnout.
Proven recommendations from ayurvedic theory to prevent burnout:
- Regular Panchakarma cures for prevention
- Regular exercise in the fresh air
- Experience of silence
Let your food be your medicine
In conventional medicine, we are used to a pill or an injection to relieve or even cure a symptom.
This may sometimes be effective, but most of the time it does not cure the root cause.
In Ayurveda, the path to health leads through many, many small steps directly to where the illness originated.
It is the many small building blocks of Ayurveda that, in their entirety,
can help to find your way out of burnout or to avoid getting into it in the first place. Drinking hot water
regularly is the best-known measure of Ayurveda.
But ginger tea also helps to regain physical balance.
The most important thing in Ayurveda is Agni, the digestive fire. Through a diagnosis, an Ayurveda specialist
can quickly find out which foods help Agni, the digestive fire, to function.
Because this is the central message in Ayurveda: You become what you eat.
Hippocrates also taught us: "Let food be your medicine and your medicine your food.”
Recommended foods for burnout
To skeptics, these lists may seem too simple. But many small, wrong steps have led to burnout.
- Sweet fruit calms the nerves and strengthens the mental capacity
- Courgettes and pumpkin strengthen mental resilience
- Leafy vegetables, cucumber, sweet potatoes promote mental clarity
- Rice (especially basmati rice), wheat, and barley make you feel satisfied
- Mung beans and red lentils are physically and mentally vitalizing
- Walnuts and almonds are brain food
- Ghee, butter, and sesame oil are mentally nourishing
And just as many right steps also lead out of it.