Do you often feel as though you are dragging all day long? Do you feel overwhelmed with the day’s obligations? Dr. Oz looked at some of the causes and gave us a plan on ways to reverse the burnout. Oz comprised a team of experts on achieving balance.
One of the main causes of being tired all day is lack of sleep and insomnia. Several factors can play into causing us to have problems falling asleep, staying asleep, and getting the rest we need according to Oz. Studies found the following can help us to maintain a balanced sleep pattern:
- Turn off all your devices an hour before going to bed, including your phone. Getting something on your mind can keep you from relaxing.
- Never sleep in your clothes you have worn all day–change into soft pajamas.
- Wash your sheets and towels often–towels double in bacteria in a week. Wash your sheets at least once a week. The yeast, mold, and even e-coli are growing on your towels and sheets. Your pillows can contain enough germs to make you sick (dust mites, bacteria, fungi) if you do not sanitize (wash and dry) them every 3 months. Replace every year. Oz measured bacteria on pillows that were laundered and all the nasty things were undetectable.
- Avoid spicy, greasy, and heavy foods at night. If you do eat them and have reflux, sleep with your head up and on your left side. Avoid caffeine at least 4 hours before going to bed. Caffeine has an effect in your body for 4 hours.
- Write down 3 things you are thankful for before retiring each night. Think on these things and do not worry……
Dr. Sanjay Gupta (Neurosurgeon, CNN reporter) says another reason we have burnout is because we have trouble getting chores or duties accomplished. These are Gupta’s suggestions for taking control:
- Stay in the moment and command your brain not to think about other things–listen to your kids talk, feel the water on your back in the shower, notice the birds outside.
- Guilt takes away balance. Draw a line between family life and work life.
- Let go of being cynical and let go of grudges-not worth the price of the toll on ourselves.
Dr. Drew Ramsey (Psychiatrist, Author, and Farmer) suggests the following: Ramsey said, “Foods balance mental health. When we are obsessed with sugary carbs, our moods will throw off our balance.”
Susan Cain (Author) suggests: Quiet time knowing you deserve it and believing it enough to do this every day. This time quiets your mind and spirit and lowers blood pressure. “If you have meetings all morning, have lunch by yourself. If you are going to a weekend family reunion, find time for a walk alone afterwards,” Cain gave these two examples.
Donna D’Cruz (Meditation Instructor) instructs us to remember we are human beings and not human doings. D’Cruz reminds us that the only way we can remain true to ourselves is in stillness and reminding ourselves we are worthy of calm, peace, and to worthy to live the best life we can. “Whether it is thru gardening or meditation, we have to embrace what brings us happiness,” D’Cruz said.
Gabrielle Bernstein (Motivational Speaker) suggests mandatory limits. “You cannot do everything and do it well,” Bernstein says. Know your limits and prioritize duties. You have to learn how to surrender people and limit your list on the “to do” for your own sanity.
The common denominator (balance) of the panel was that we learn how to achieve happiness and our purpose while obtaining a sense of calm and good health.
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