How do I know if I’m stressed out?
by Dr. Suzanna Ivanovics, ND
Everyday in my practice as a naturopathic doctor, I encounter patients from all walks of life that must cope with stress on a daily basis.
Stress is one of the most pervasive “health eroding factors” in today’s modern world. Unfortunately, many patients still believe that they can stave off the negative effects of stress with just a strong mind and perseverance.
Too often, when I mention to patients that their symptoms may be a result from ongoing stress, patients reply with one or a combination of these statements:
- “I am not stressed!”
- “Life is great!”
- “I have everything under control.”
To push through these responses and to more accurately pinpoint their stress levels, I ask my patients to take a mini-quiz (see below). If they answer yes to more than four questions, they may be suffering from a classic case of burnout.
Burnout is a state of emotional exhaustion, characterized by the following symptoms:
- Lack of energy and motivation
Burnout may be a result of one or more of the following:
- Poor work-life balance and
- Results from chronic stress
- Heavy workloads
- High expectations coupled with a lack of support
- Lack of self-care and recovery time
The Canadian Mental Health Association states that an astounding 58% of Canadians have difficulty achieving balance in their lives! Women, in particular, who wear many different hats in their daily lives, are finding it increasingly difficult to attend to their own mental, emotional, and physical well-being. This lack of balance can set the stage for a burnout by taxing our adrenal glands, nervous system, and resulting in more serious physical side effects.
To see if you are at risk of burnout, take the simple mini-quiz below:
Do you suffer from the following?
1. Feeling overworked?
2. Feeling run-down?
3. Feeling unsupported at work or at home?
4. Feeling tired or exhausted most of the day?
5. Frequently feeling unwell or ill?
6. Frequently feeling like you are getting sick or having a hard time recovering for a cold or flu?
7. Lack of motivation? Feeling despondent?
8. Frequent headaches or muscle tension?
9. Difficulty concentrating?
10. Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, waking early or just generally feeling unrefreshed in the morning?
11. Feeling a lack of enjoyment in activities that normally would interest you?
12. Feeling restless, anxious?
13. Feeling easily overwhelmed?
14. Difficulty with decision making?
15. Feeling like you have little control over your life?
|IF you answered “Yes” to…||THEN…|
|Four or LESS questions >||UNLIKELY your nervous system is affected by chronic stress|
|MORE than four questions >||LIKELY that your nervous system is being affected by chronic stress|
Chronic nervous system stimulation can lead to exhaustion, restlessness, sleep interference, and daytime fatigue. This vicious cycle can be broken! A combination of basic dietary changes and applying stress management techniques can have dramatic effects on improving your quality of life. Natural remedies can help your body manage stress, improve sleep, and enhance your overall well-being. Also consider mind training techniques (available at Satori with Raymond Elias) will also help you get back in control of your life.
If you feel that you are suffering from burnout or that you are seeking support in establishing more life-balance, please contact me at Satori (416) 972-9355 or you can contact me at email@example.com. Let’s together create a partnership and get you moving towards the lifestyle that you desire!