Stressful life events, job hardships and a lack of sufficient support at work are major factors contributing to burn-out which new studies show is directly related to depression.
Two recent studies have shown that burn-out and depression overlap considerably.
Registered homeopath, Dr Jaci Schultz, says the signs of burn-out and depression may be evident for months without diagnosis. Symptoms include: chronic fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, often getting sick and loss of appetite.
Physical symptoms include dizziness, tension headaches, stomach pain and chest pains, heart palpitations. Burnt out people are more likely to isolate, feel detached, or be highly pessimistic.
Dr Schultz advises taking the following steps to avoid burn-out this year:
• Consult a psychologist if you experience anxiety, depression or feeling “burnt out”.
• Consult a medical doctor if you experience any of the physical symptoms such as dizziness, stomach aches or chest pains.
• Take a natural or homeopathic product such as Sedatif PC that contains components able to assist in treating symptoms related to burn out and depression.
• Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes and preferably outdoors.
• Eat a well-balanced diet.
• Aim for eight hours sleep a night.
• Take “time out” to relax and rejuvenate.
• Re-assess your personal and career objectives and set realistic goals.
• Learn how to say no and delegate some of your responsibilities to others.
• Practice positive thinking techniques.
Sedatif PC is available from leading pharmacies and health shops countrywide.