The risk of social burnout around the silly season is at an all time high, according to wellness expert Dr Zara Celikand. Here she provides some healthy tips to help you avoid adrenal exhaustion.
As we are approaching the festive season, diaries are over scheduled with so many social engagements, down time and self-care is becoming non-existent.
People are rushing trying to get Christmas organised, attending so many social engagements and parties. Everything is just go, go, go! Sympathies nervous system over working, which leads to high cortisol, adrenal exhaustion, and HPA (Hypothelamic Pituitary Adrenal) Axis Dysfunction.Down-time and self care are not scheduled into the calendars. People are forgetting to be mindful and present to be able to enjoy the moment.
Overstimulation can lead to “social burnout”, which manifest itself as having fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety, high stress and dehydration before Christmas.
There are way too many bubbles and treats which may be huge burden on the liver leading to sluggish detoxification system, irritability, fogginess and lack of focus.
It is important to schedule in some “you” time to give back to yourself and avoid burnout which is very common particularly with women. Just like committing to others and trying hard not to disappoint, I suggest that you commit to yourself exactly the same way. Schedule in some “you” time everyday into your calendar and serve yourself just like you would serve others.
When it comes to self-care we are all bio-individual, it is important to find whatever self-care rituals resinates with you and serves your mind, body and soul.
Some examples of Self-Care may include but not limited to following:
- Taking magnesium sulphate bath
- Soaking feet water with some epsom salt and essential oil to relax
- Practice Mindfulness and Meditate- this doesn’t have to be the Yoga pose if you are not a Yogi. It may be staring at a candle light, looking at the sky- be creative with this. There is no right or wrong way as we are all bio-individual
- Being nature, walking bare feet on grass or sand to ground yourself
- Applying your favourite massage oil to your body
- Hot towel compress face and body every morning and night
- Dry brushing to stimulate blood circulation
- Listen to calming music
- Think of your happy space and implement self love
- Practice deep belly breathing
- Exercise that resinates with you
Schedule in some down time to treat yourself to something unique and special. Don’t forget to buy a gift of wellness for yourself and invest in your health and well-being.
Take time out to experience nurturing ancient healing rituals such as Turkish Hammam Bathing Ritual as this has numerous benefits on mind, body, soul. As traditional Hammam Rituals provides mental clarity, helps enhance immune system, decrease stress, improves sleep quality and skin texture. It is excellent for detoxification and purification. Schedule in a Facials and a therapeutic massage to relax and rejuvenate so you are feeling energetic where you are able to serve others and be fully present.
- Minimise alcohol and caffeine
Learn to say “No ,Thank you” when necessary – avoid being a pleaser. It is okey to say “No” and fit out sometimes rather than fitting in.
Mindful eating -Don’t eat on the go and with discretions such as TV, smart Phone, Magazine or Newspaper
Stress less by changing your perception about task that need to be done
Have a calendar to Schedule in things rather then having “to do” list
Implement bed time rituals and stick to them
Be kind to yourself and reward yourself along the way with every achievement
Delegate-Turn to your resources when you can to decrease the load to avoid burnout- you don’t have to do everything yourself
Keep hydration levels up with lots of filters water and herbal teas
The Carousel would like to thank Dr Zara Celik for her article.