Burnt Out? Here’s How to Help – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 439
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
I know many, many people in the healthcare field. I have a lot of friends who are nurse practitioners, medical doctors and pharmacists. A lot of them are telling me they’re burnt out and the others seem to be burnt out.†
Burnout syndrome is a real thing. It’s a work-related condition. It occurs when you have way too much of a workload and you’re fatigued from it. There’s really a lot of stress involved. Right now, with COVID-19, all these people working in the hospitals and seeing clients are being burnt out.†
What can burnout feel like?
A recent study from Europe looked at 637 oncologists from 19 different countries. 72% were at super high risk for burnout and the rest had somewhat of a risk for developing burnout syndrome. 44% of the doctors were at high risk for emotional exhaustion and 29% for depersonalization.†
I was truly burnt out when I was in pharmacy school. I was also working while I was in school. I worked on my days off, I worked on evenings, I worked on vacations. I was burning the candle on both ends and in the middle because I had a fantastic social life, I played sports and I studied like there was no tomorrow.†
I had a classic case of burnout and here’s how I felt: I was so exhausted that I couldn’t even think anymore. I didn’t enjoy anything. Everything felt flat and disinteresting. I didn’t feel other people’s pain and I was emotionally distant. At a certain point, I said that I had to take some days off to relax, sleep, socialize and get fresh air and exercise. This decision helped with my burnout syndrome, but don’t forget, I was in my early 20s. It’s a lot easier to recuperate when you’re in your early 20s.†
Nutrients that can help you feel less burnt out
If you’re feeling burnt out, there are things that can help. Obviously if you can get a change of venue and go away on vacation to get some rest, that will really help you get over your burnout. But most people can’t just pick up and do that. That’s why I’m going to give you things that can work even if you can’t get away from your everyday life.†
Let me tell you about panax ginseng, also known as Korean ginseng, Chinese ginseng or Asian ginseng. It is rich in ginsenosides that protect your brain and help your energy. Ginseng has been shown to protect the connection between the nerve tissue in your brain in order to help keep it functioning properly. It has also been shown to help reduce fatigue, while also helping people get their energy back and fight feelings of stress. The beauty of panax ginseng is that it’s also good for the immune system and helps bring back the body’s ability to fight infections like viruses. This is important because the stress you encounter when you’re burnt out can make your body more susceptible to becoming sick.†
There’s another completely different kind of ginseng known as viking ginseng. It’s not really a ginseng, but it works exactly like ginseng. It’s called rhodiola rosea. This nutrient has been studied in people who are burnt out. These studies have shown that within a short amount of time, the rhodiola helped people with their energy levels, ability to cope with stress and emotional health. It really had an impact on burnout syndrome. Much like panax ginseng, rhodiola is also good for the immune system. I take it during the winter, when I’m working long hours and there are colds and flus spreading around.†
CBD is another one. CBD comes from the hemp plant. A recent report at JAMA Network Open, during this pandemic, they’re using CBD in healthcare workers to help prevent burnout and emotional exhaustion. It’s not just the CBD in there. There are a whole bunch of ingredients in there, including phytocannabinoids, polyphenols and alkaloids. These things work collectively to create an entourage effect.†
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. discusses burnout syndrome and what it feels like to be burnt out. He shares his own personal experience with this issue and also offers recommendations for nutrients that can help promote energy and the body’s ability to fend off stress.†
- The three dimensions of burnout syndrome
- The role of stress and work in this issue
- Studies on panax ginseng and rhodiola
- What is CBD?
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