While people often begin their promising careers with high hopes and dreams, the truth is that burnout is a problem that will eventually arise. In fact, over 50% of doctors experience both emotional and physical exhaustion, lose their perspective, experience depression, and a lose the connection they once had to their work.
In a book entitled “Square One,” a former doctor describes some lessons he learned throughout life when it comes to having a healthy balance. The most important thing is to maintain a life of balance by taking your priorities into consideration and fostering them every day.
Having balance requires you to prioritize your social life and your family with your spiritual and physical side. These can be seen in a square with four equal sides.
Square One Regaining Balance
Danforth emphasizes that you have not one but four lives to live, and these four entities make up the sides of a square:
- Physical life
- Spiritual life
- Work life
- Relationship life
Each of these aspects of your life should hold similar weight to prevent burnout in any one area. Exercise is one of the best ways to reverse the symptoms of depression, and it does not need to be done for hours each day. Doing just simple strategies when it comes to exercise can make an enormous difference.
Ketogenic Diet for Brain Health
The ketogenic diet is possible a way to aid in the treatment of brain tumors. While this diet is difficult to do, There are guidelines and explanations that are outlined and needed to help cure brain tumors and other malignant tumors that depend on glucose for their metabolic substrate.
Once your body learns to burn fat as its primary fuel, it is best to do ketosis in cycles, which means you would intermittently increase your net carbs to 200 to 300 percent, but in a sensible fashion so you are still maintaining the metabolic flexibility to burn fat. Ketosis diets are good for various diseases such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases of the brain.
Resilience and Adversity
Many stressors that we experience activate genes that produce positive metabolic factors. Considering all four sides of your square the physical, social, professional, and spiritual sides, it is important to have a mindful awareness of each side and the to have the ability to handle adversity and stress.
Everyone experiences stress in all of these aspects of their life at some point. When this happens, you get increased levels of cortisol in your blood. This cortisol kills brain cells, especially the ones that are used for memory.
Stress can also lead to incredible depression. Doctors often think that depression is treatable with the use of antidepressants, but it is important to also consider the physical activity aspect of treating depression. Exercise stimulates the production of important neurotransmitters in the brain that are reduced during depression.
How to Regain Balance
While we can’t escape stress, but it is important to spend time in every different aspect of your life so you can even it out. So, how do you recover from burnout? Daily exercise and a healthy diet optimize the mitochondrial function in your body and limit inflammation, which then increases mindfulness and decreases stress.
Not only do you need exercise, but you need meditation and spirituality. It is important to avoid environmental toxins. If you notice, people who tend to live the longest all have a healthy diet and engage in physical exercise. They also live in places with very few environmental toxins and they are able to control their stress with meditation and a strong sense of family. This all adds up to mindfulness. It helps to keep the body in balance and reduce stress.
Toxins such as alcohol, air pollution, contaminated water, and food pesticides are also very harmful to our health.
Surprisingly, one of the most dangerous and common toxins is the microwave radiation from cell phones, Wi-Fi routers, and cell phone towers. Although these can hardly be avoided, expose to them should be limited.
The main concern with cellphones is not related to brain tumors, instead, it is the damaging microwaves that are generated from the reactive nitrogen species peroxynitrite. Exposure to these will damage your mitochondria and therefore increase your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
Even if you eat very healthy and exercise on a regular basis, if you’re consistently exposing yourself to excessive levels of invisible radiation from cell phones, you are going to incur mitochondrial exposure and damage which will lead to a premature death. You must take precautions to in order to limit unnecessary exposure.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
The long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries have been studied, and one thing they have in common is excessive immune response and inflammation. This can be helped by simple dietary and physical interventions.
Aside from metabolic mitochondrial therapy, there is compelling evidence that near-infrared light can significantly reduce symptoms these diseases, even if they are in a more advanced stage.
In a near-infrared range, light helps mitochondria regain their health. Other important strategies that enhance mitochondrial function include the use of high-dose bioavailable curcumin, resveratrol, animal-based omega-3 fats, L-carnitine, and α-lipoic acid.
If you are experiencing burnout or you are overwhelmed or overcommitted, you need to get your life back in order. It is important to realize that you are responsible for the four areas of your life. While this may seem very simple, you must remember that you have to understand the concept and implement it.
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