Stress. You feel it creeping in the back of your neck. It seems you can’t escape from it, and so do 80% of workers in America. I’d say it’s fair to say that almost everyone out there has felt the effects of burnout at least once in the past few months.
You know what I’m talking about. Burnout, a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress. This is not your normal tiredness after working long hours. This is your months-worth snowball of ignored symptoms of fatigue that exploded.
People try all sorts of things to prevent burnouts, but can yoga be the key to keeping it at bay? We investigate.
The Road to Burnout
In many cases, the road to burnout goes undetected. We’re expected to feel stressed in our jobs, relationships, and, quite frankly, in our lives. It isn’t unusual to meet people that root for stress as the fuel to help us reach our goals.
However, at one point, all that stress and all the pushing can lead you to burnout. If you notice that:
- Every day is a bad day.
- Caring for your work or home feels like a waste of time.
- You’re seriously exhausted all the time.
- Most of the day, you feel overwhelmed.
- You’re feeling under-appreciated.
Then, buckle up because you’re on the road to burnout. It might be time to press the yoga emergency button before it’s too late.
How Yoga Comes Into Play
After you’ve analyzed where your burnout is coming from – your work, your lifestyle, or your personality – then you must take action to stop it and prevent it. Fighting the burnout monster is all about a complete approach to self-care, and that includes taking time to care for all of you: mind, body, and soul.
One of the first ways to prevent burnout is by including relaxing activities and exercise into your daily routine. Guess what, yoga fits those two buckets.
In a recent study, researchers looked at the effects of yoga in the prevention and management of musculoskeletal and psychological issues, primarily burnout symptoms. According to the study, yoga was proven effective in physical improvement problems, quality of sleep, and reduced both stress levels and burnout in those who practice yoga and mind-body meditation.
Yoga for Burnout
If the effects of burnout are bringing you down, this easy, do-anywhere yoga sequence can help you fight back. Try to incorporate this routine into your daily life to make sure you keep burnout at bay.
The GR8 Yoga for Burnout Routine:
- Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana).
- Take 3-5 breaths on each side.
- Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana).
- Stay for at least 5 breaths.
- Easy Forward Fold (Uttanasana).
- Take 5-8 breaths.
- Cat (Marjaryasana)/Cow (Bitilasana).
- Repeat for 3-5 rounds.
- Child’s Pose (Balasana).
- Stay for 5-10 breaths.
Remember, if you decide to practice this yoga session, make sure to listen to your body. If, at any point, something feels odd, stop immediately. If you have any chronic conditions or lesions, please consult with your healthcare provider before attempting any stretches.