Stress & burnout

The everyday challenges in professional and private life can temporarily get on top of you. If this stressful situation is permanent and there is constant negative stress, it can result in burnout.

Is stress always negative & how does it arise?

A distinction must be made between EU stress and DIS stress. The former is called positive stress, the emotion of being newly in love can be used as an example here. In the case of burnout, it is DIS stress, i.e. negative stress that is not conducive to physical well-being and can lead to damage to health.

The stress reaction is biochemically triggered and controlled by hormones such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol. The physical reaction is a rising pulse and blood pressure as well as higher blood sugar levels. In the long run, this condition is harmful and the chronic stress can lead to secondary diseases.

Symptoms of stress

Chronic stress can be a common sign of burn-out. This usually manifests itself through symptoms such as

  • Exhaustion
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of energy
  • Disturbances in the ability to concentrate.

Other common symptoms of long-term stress or burnout can include sleep disturbances, susceptibility to infections, increased risk of heart attack (Interheart study 2004), reduced libido, digestive problems and premature ageing.

Possible secondary diseases due to mental stress

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmias
  • Intestinal health problems
  • Immune deficiency
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Sleeping disorders


Treatment of stress

However, there is no standardised treatment for people suffering from burnout. It is usually necessary to deal with the sufferer individually.

Non-drug strategies:

  • Eliminate sources of stress of a private or professional nature
  • Improve work-life balance
  • Reduce consumption of stimulants (alcohol, tobacco)
  • Switch to a high-quality diet (fresh vegetables, fruits, high-quality protein sources)
  • Autogenic training, relaxation practices
  • Practise sports

Medication strategies:

  • Chemical remedies (tranquillisers, tension relievers)
  • Natural remedies (herbal or homeopathic)
  • Micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, trace elements and amino acids)

Support through micronutrients

To restore the biochemical balance, the addition of micronutrients can be supportive.

Nutrient      Recommended daily dose       Explanation
Vitamin B-Complex                Complete formula with: 10-75 mg vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12,
Niacin, pantothenic acid and folic acid (0.4 - 0.8 mg)
  Increased need for B vitamins in stressful times. Tiredness and exhaustion can be signs of a
B vitamin deficiency
Vitamin C   1 - 2 g   Can balance the stress response through reduced cortisone release
Magnesium   300 - 600 mg   Has a tension-relieving effect and is often consumed in combination with vitamin B6
Zinc   15 - 30 mg   A deficiency can lead to an increase in mental fluctuations. Zinc can strengthen the immune system
Coenzyme Q10   60 - 200 mg   Supportive for cardiovascular function and energy metabolism
L-ornithine   400 mg   To improve sleep quality and reduce stress hormones


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