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What is burnout?

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.

Signs and symptoms of burnout

Burnout doesn’t happen overnight, it will typically creep up on you. At first, the signs and symptoms may go unnoticed, but may worsen as time goes on. Pay attention to your body and try to take steps to reduce stress as much as possible. If you don’t, you may eventually burn out.

Physical signs and symptoms of burnout:

  • Feeling tired and drained most of the time.
  • Lowered immunity, frequent illnesses.
  • Frequent headaches or muscle pain.
  • Change in appetite or sleep habits.


Emotional signs and symptoms of burnout:

  • Sense of failure and self-doubt.
  • Feeling helpless, trapped, and defeated.
  • Detachment, feeling alone in the world.
  • Loss of motivation.
  • Increasingly cynical and negative outlook.
  • Decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.


Behavioral signs and symptoms of burnout:

  • Withdrawing from responsibilities.
  • Isolating yourself from others.
  • Procrastinating, taking longer to get things done.
  • Taking out your frustrations on others.
  • Skipping work or coming in late and leaving early.


What vitamins and minerals can help treat burnout?

  1. B Vitamins

Research suggests that the B vitamins can significantly benefit mood and reduce the physiological response to stress and anxiety.

  1. Magnesium

Magnesium plays a critical role in brain function and mood. Research suggests that daily doses of magnesium are effective in improving your mood and low levels are linked to an increased risk of depression.

  1. Antioxidants

Antioxidant is a catchall term for any compound that can counteract unstable molecules such as free radicals that damage DNA, cell membranes, and other parts of cells. Antioxidants that may help with burnout are:

  • Selenium: Several scientific studies have indicated that regular intake of selenium can have an uplifting effect on the overall mood, while reducing anxiety and fatigue.
  • Vitamin C : Is the preeminent antioxidant in the brain. It is heavily involved in the nerve metabolism and protecting the nerves. Initial studies have shown that vitamin C also has antidepressant effects.
  • Zinc: Several scientific studies also showed that zinc can reduce depression-related symptoms and improve overall mood. 
  1. Omega-3

Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory properties that activiate in the brain and may help balance your mood. Omega-3 supplements may help prevent and treat depression and anxiety. EPA (one of the three omega 3 fatty acids) seems to be the most effective at fighting depression.

  1. Vitamin D

Sunny days uplift your mood and so does D3. Studies have shown that vitamin D increases serotonin levels in the brain improving your mood and a sense of wellbeing.


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