How to recover from a near burnout condition?
Let’s start your emotional wellness journey. We call it an emotional wellness journey because we understand that burn out is so much more than just fatigue and tiredness. While reaching a near-burnout state, people are often in a state of learned helplessness; they begin to feel a pervasive sense of despair and a belief that change is a himalayan task or near impossible. In this deep state of emotional pain, they lose their ability to see clarity and wrongly believe that circumstances are never going to change. Sentiments like “I am tired” and “I feel helpless and hopeless” echo the experiences of many individuals on the edge of burnout.
Fatigue and indecisiveness often act as warning signs, indicating that one might be on the brink of this overwhelming state. It’s a cycle that, if left unaddressed, can lead to severe consequences. In the hustle of our fast-paced lives, burnout has become an all-too-common affliction. While recognizing the symptoms and acknowledging the need for change is the first step toward healing, an understanding of what causes this can make the recovery process smoother.
An Ayurvedic Perspective of Burnout
In Ayurveda, burnout is often associated with aggravated Vata dosha, signifying an imbalance that needs gentle and nurturing care. A balanced Vata is regarded as the healthy foundation on which all the bodily and mental functions rest. When your Vata is imbalanced, it slowly starts affecting all your other capabilities.
Vata holds the qualities of dryness and heat. In one interpretation, living in circumstances where there is a lack of recognition, love or affection also leads to Vata imbalances. People in toxic relationships or work spaces where they don’t feel seen, heard or recognized often get affected by this.
How Sitaram Mountain Retreat can help you on your emotional wellness journey?
Sitaram Mountain Retreat was created as a safe haven, especially for those looking to start their emotional healing journey. The retreat is located in the serene and picturesque location of Munnar. The green surroundings and raw nature has its own soothing effect on your nervous system. Mountains are often used as a metaphor because of the great grounding energy they possess, and the stability they personify. The grounding energy of the stay is a natural antidote against the stress and calms you, while the soothing climate acts as a catalyst and enhances the efficacy of the therapies as well. The experience of being nourished and pampered in such a peaceful setting can ease your recovery journey.
Routine Over Decisions
Burnout is also aggravated from the constant pressure of decision-making. For aggravated Vata, Ayurveda recommends living in an ecosystem where you don’t have to regularly make decisions and adopting a routine that provides stability and predictability. Taking a break in the mountains, along with Ayurvedic treatments can help provide the necessary break.
Nourishing your body and mind is a crucial aspect of the healing journey. It is important to avoid habits, environment and people that deplete your energy and embrace rest and nourishing practices that help restore vitality. Having healthy food on time, participating in mindful activities and opting for yoga can help you release the emotional knots in your mind and body.
Reconnecting to the circadian rhythm
Quality sleep that syncs your circadian rhythm is extremely important during this time. Having a routine where you rest on time effectively repairs and restores the balance of your body and mind.
Ayurvedic Protocol for Recovering from Burnout
In Ayurveda, the treatment for burn out involves calming your nervous system like Snehanam and Swedanam, recognizing the fragility of those experiencing burnout. Nourishing the body with oils and inducing a state of relaxation through gentle massages are essential components to soothe the heightened Vata.
Treatments at Sitaram Mountain Retreat
Ayurvedic treatments like Shirodhara (pouring of warm oil on the forehead) and Abhyangam (full-body oil massage) are designed to induce a profound sense of calm and balance. These therapies aim to gently restore the harmony of body and mind, and effectively soothe your nervous system.
While each individual’s journey is unique, a general guideline suggests that three months of dedicated care can help individuals emerge from burnout. For a jumpstart, two to three weeks of Ayurvedic treatments with the right care in the right environment can be instrumental. Recognizing the symptoms, embracing nurturing practices, and seeking Ayurvedic guidance can pave the way toward renewal and a more balanced, harmonious life.