Stressed Out? Don't Let It Become Burnout
Moch presented these findings recently here at the 32nd annual meeting of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology.
"When they feel well, they start to backslide right away [on the stress management program]," says Moch. "It's only when they start to feel sick again that they think, 'oh yes, I have to do all this stuff again!' We're trying to educate them that this is lifestyle change."
Given the devastating effects a severe stress burnout can have on the body, Moch suggests that avoiding one is the best approach.
She recommends the "three R" approach: Recognize, Reverse, and Resilience. You can recognize signs of an oncoming burnout by looking for regular, unexplained pain like headaches and stomach problems. You can reverse the damage by getting help from a therapist or someone trained in stress management, and you can make yourself more resilient to stress by exercising, eating well, putting energy into your personal relationships, practicing stress management, and dealing with specific issues that stress you out, like an overly demanding boss.