Are you dealing with burnout?
You’re far from alone. In a recent survey, 79% of workers reported feeling burned out at their jobs. Others deal with caregiver burnout, chronic illness burnout, or overload burnout in all facets of their life.
Of course, burnout is a complex topic with no “one-size-fits-all” solution. However, a good self-care routine (including massage therapy) could help you weather the storm.
Keep reading to learn how massage can address some of the symptoms of burnout and ultimately help you to feel better.
Recognizing the Signs of Burnout
Burnout is more than simply feeling tired, anxious, or stressed. It’s a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress.
Some common signs of burnout include:
- Chronic Fatigue: Feeling exhausted (both physically and emotionally) is a key indicator of burnout. It’s a persistent feeling of being drained, even after a full night’s sleep.
- Reduced Performance: Burnout can lead to a decline in work or academic performance. Concentrating becomes difficult, and completing even basic tasks seems overwhelming.
- Emotional Distancing: A sense of detachment or cynicism towards your work or personal relationships is another sure sign. You might feel emotionally withdrawn or detached, or you may no longer enjoy activities you once did.
- Physical Symptoms: Burnout can manifest physically with headaches, muscle tension, and gastrointestinal issues. You might also notice changes in your appetite or sleep patterns.
- Increased Irritability: Feeling irritable and impatient or snapping at others more frequently can be another sign of burnout.
How Massage Can Alleviate Burnout Symptoms
No, massage therapy won’t magically cure everything that’s wrong with you. However, regular massage sessions can address some of the physical and emotional issues that come with burnout.
- Relaxation: Massage helps to relax tense muscles, reducing the physical manifestations of stress. It also triggers the release of endorphins, promoting relaxation and a sense of well-being.
- Stress Reduction: Massage therapy reduces the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body. This leads to a calmer state of mind and decreased anxiety.
- Improved Sleep: Regular massage sessions have been linked to improved sleep quality. Increasing the amount and quality of sleep may help people with burnout to recover faster.
- Enhanced Mental Clarity: Because it reduces muscle tension and promotes relaxation, massage can improve mental focus and concentration. This aids in combating burnout-related cognitive issues.
Incorporating regular massage therapy into your self-care routine can be a safe, all-natural way to manage burnout symptoms. It offers a reprieve from the overwhelming effects of chronic stress. It also promotes a rejuvenated sense of balance and well-being.
Ready to Feel Like YOU Again?
If you’re dealing with burnout, you likely feel that many things are beyond your control.
This may be true, but your ability to take care of yourself isn’t one of them.
Why not take the first step towards feeling like your “old self” and schedule a massage session today? Whether you choose a relaxing Swedish massage or a more invigorating deep tissue massage, you’re sure to sleep well and wake up feeling better.
Call us at 970-748-1600 or schedule your session online at our cozy studio in Avon, Colorado.