It [BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy] is an effective complementary alleviating measure to:
- Improve the blood supply to organs and tissue, thereby aiding regeneration,
- reduce susceptibility for infection,
- support the immune system,
- generate physical and mental performance reserves,
However, not even BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy can prevent or cure burnout. What the therapy does provide, however, is support for microvascular blood flow, thereby assisting the body in performing key functions, among them recovery, sleep and regeneration, and in the production of physical and mental performance reserves. This is a contribution not to be underestimated when helping yourself in connection with burnout.
Struggle to Deal with Everyday Tasks? The Way to Burnout
According to a recent OECD study, we Germans should actually be really happy, because Germany's never had it as good as they have today. While many crisis countries suffer from record unemployment, over 42 million people in Germany have food on their plates and money coming in – more than ever before. It is not just the number of employees that has grown in comparison to previous years – incomes have grown too. While inflation-adjusted household income in the Eurozone fell by around 2 percent between 2007 and 2013, it rose by around 4 percent in the same period in Germany. What the study does not mention, however, is the price that many people pay for their prosperity. Lack of time, the pressure of deadlines, and excessive performance expectations seem to define many jobs. This is revealed in the "Stressreport Deutschland 2012", published by the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA). For this study, just under 18,000 employees nationwide were surveyed on the physical demands, strains and resultant stresses of their everyday working lives. Every second German feels like they are under time pressure at work and feels like they have to perform too many tasks at once. One in five feels completely overwhelmed. It sadly seems that fear of failure, perfectionism and sensory overload are the norm for many people. But what if stress begins to control our lives and we are no longer able to escape from the vicious circle of complete mental, psychological and physical exhaustion? From here you're not far from developing burnout. Especially in western industrialized nations, burnout syndrome has become what appears to be effectively a national disease. The feeling of being "burned out", the sense of no longer being able to cope with the constant stress and pressure at work – the number of burnout sufferers continues to grow. But it would certainly be wrong to link burnout just with working conditions. New data shows that unemployed people also suffer from burnout symptoms, so it is not only professional stress that plays a role but potentially also private conflicts.
What is Burnout?
The term "burnout" was first defined by the American psychotherapist Herbert Freudenberger. He used it to describe his state of mind in the 1970s after having worked for a long time in excess of his energy. He felt burned out (hence the name), overwhelmed and completely exhausted. Burnout is thus a status of us physically and emotionally being "burned out". People suffering from burnout experience symptoms such as lack of energy, insomnia and tiredness. This is accompanied by extreme and constant time pressure and compulsion to perform, and by the inability to wind down during leisure time. It is also often associated with the feeling of receiving inadequate recognition for work performed. Overall, this causes quality of life and enjoyment to decline. The dangerous thing about burnout is that the related symptoms start out innocuous and develop over a longer period of time. This means that burnout is not immediately noticeable. It is a slow process, characterized by various phases.
Phases of Burnout
Science has defined a number of categorizations and descriptions for the phases of burnout. For example, the aforementioned American psychotherapist Herbert Freudenberger described the progression in a twelve-stage cycle. A range of other psychologists, burnout experts, therapists and medical specialists have different arrangements of the cycles, which is likely due to the fact that the phases are not discrete in practice – they merge into one another or overlap. For example, burnout sufferers may be in several phases or stages at the same time. Added to this is the fact that ICD (international classification of diseases) does not classify burnout as a disease in its own right, but rather as a problem of life management. It is also not possible to clearly distinguish burnout from depression. As a result, the following arrangement of the phases does not claim to be generally applicable, but it can be considered to be typical:
1. Burnout phase: Feeling of indispensability, feeling of not having enough time, own needs are pushed aside, hyperactivity. The first signs of exhaustion and tiredness are also visible.
2. Burnout phase: Feeling of inadequate recognition, disillusionment, increased absenteeism, by-the-book attitude, encroachment into leisure activities.
3. Burnout phase: Emotional withdrawal, mood swings, irritability, feelings of guilt, feeling of internal emptiness, lack of interest, including in leisure activities, impaired social life, feeling of loneliness.
4. Burnout phase: First psychosomatic reactions, for example impaired sleep, muscular tension, weakening of the immune system and headaches. Frequent changes to eating habits are also noticeable, risk of alcohol and drug abuse, increased consumption of stimulants such as tobacco, coffee etc.
5. burnout phase: Negative attitudes about live, lack of perspective, feeling of hopelessness and futility, despair, suicidal thoughts.
What to do about Burnout?
There is unfortunately no standard therapy that can help against burnout or even help a patient on the way to recovery. The reason for this is that the development of burnout is always a personal reaction to the demands of the work environment (and possibly to the private environment as well). However, patients are offered a range of therapies, for example counseling, conflict resolution schemes, cognitive behavioral training, time management seminars etc. In advanced stages, however, specialist medical advice should be sought, if necessary in the form of a stay in a clinic. If, however, the physical and mental state of exhaustion is not too far advanced, there is still plenty you can do to control it and take on responsibility for yourself and your body. Here, you should take a good look at two things: The expectations and demands that you impose upon yourself. It is also useful to recognize and dismiss any unrealistic expectations. Maybe this process of reflection will result in the realization that it may be a good idea to change jobs. But if this doesn't seem feasible, you should at least ensure that you have enough leisure time. Either way, it is important to return a healthy and organized lifestyle and try and regain your physical and mental balance. This becomes difficult, however, when the aforementioned psychosomatic reactions occur, among them impaired sleep, muscular tension, weakening of the immune system and headaches. But treatment for burnout is also possible here. Fundamentally, the aim is to activate and support the body's self-healing powers. It is important to consider here that the body's immune system is a complex network that is capable of fending off 90% of all infections and many other attacks on our health using an ingenious defense mechanism. Part of this complex defense mechanism is made up of white blood cells, known as leukocytes. They are present practically everywhere in the body and are controlled by information proteins or messenger substances should an infection arise or the body's health be attacked in some other way. But the immune system itself is not invulnerable from attack. Sickness and infection put it under as much strain as alcohol, drugs, lack of sleep or excessive stress, for example. Sleep itself is at the core of the body's self-healing powers. Recent research has shown that at night, the organism distributes blood differently. As a result, immunological processes are much more important during the nocturnal rest period than previously assumed. BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy, a promising therapy to mobilize the body's self-healing powers, can be useful here.