Want to Relax Your Brain? Follow These Techniques

Are you struggling to focus? Are you increasingly irritable towards your team members? Are you finding it challenging to muster up any enthusiasm towards your daily tasks? If these sound familiar, then you are suffering from burnout. Stress and burnout are becoming more prevalent today – so much so that the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified it as a syndrome. In this article at CMI, Dr. Lynda Shaw shares techniques to overcome stress and burnout.

Burnout and Brain

“Burnout can influence every aspect of your life, from your work to relationships, to your physical and mental health, can leave you feeling like you have very little left to give,” says Dr. Lynda. Never assume that burnout is merely an emotional response to long hours or a challenging job. One of the biological reactions to stress includes the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis, triggered by signals from the hypothalamus and the pituitary release of cortisol from the adrenal glands. The human body demands the right amount of cortisol to survive and repair tissue. However, cortisol can turn toxic if allowed to continue for long. Persistent overreactions of these stress systems are undoubtedly detrimental to health. Several studies have indicated that burnout takes a profound physical toll that cascades well beyond your professional lives.

How to Deal With Burnout?

Learn to Mentally Detach From Work

You might pack up each day at 6 PM. But do you really ‘leave’ work? According to studies, 81% of US employees check their work email beyond regular working hours. Many employees are working well over 40 hours per week. Working for long hours may make you feel like it’s a hamster wheel of constant professional to-dos and obligations with almost no breaks. Try different strategies like clearing your desk at the end of your workday or removing your work email account from your phone. Find out what works well for you.

Practice Doing Nothing Activity

Many aren’t comfortable with doing nothing, being still, or pausing. People often engage in compensatory leisure or spillover leisure. Unfortunately, these leisures do not offer physiological or psychological replenishment. One of the best things you can do for your brain is doing nothing at all. Experts believe that a dedicated quiet time to focus on your breathing or mindlessly gazing out of the window will relax your brain.

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