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Burnout and Nutrition

Are you burnt out? Do you feel exhausted all the time? Does the thought of heading into the office make your stomach squirm? Or do you feel like you are getting nothing done? These could all be signs of professional burnout.

When we are highly stressed we can often become disengaged with food. This can happen in one of two ways.

We lose our appetite and forget to eat.
We turn to food and engage in emotional eating.

When we have so much on our plate it can be hard to prioritise feeding ourselves in a sustainable way. So what can we do?

If our appetite is shot, it can be difficult to listen to our hunger and fullness cues. For some, it can be useful to set some rough times throughout the day to step away from the desk and eat. While mindful eating and listening to our bodies is important, at times of high stress these signals can be muffled. Using some relaxed structure in our day can act as a support in our journey back to eating regularly and adequately, in line with our body’s needs.

If you find your appetite does not return to your baseline, or these feelings are lasting longer than 1-2 weeks, reach out to your GP, Therapist or Dietitian for support.

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