Solving Burnout Through The BodyMar 13, 2023
Burnout is not just a mental health problem.
It changes how you move.
The research shows that stress and trauma always affect the voice and the breath. We experience stress and trauma there, too.
We hold our breaths.
Sometimes we can't make any noise.
The muscles we use to speak and breathe - our vocal cords and our diaphragm - are horizontally oriented in the body.
No one gets stressed or traumatized and sashays like a runway model.
We all lock up. We stop rotating.
And when we do, our vagus nerve gets trapped and stops giving our brain all the feel-good information it needs to stay clear, healthy, and grounded.
We start moving differently - and our movement drives changes in our mental and physical health.
I know this not only through the research and applied neurology but because I have changed suicide ideation and suicide planning in at least a dozen clients by restoring their systemic rotation by freeing their vagus nerve.
Most of these patients did not tell me they were contemplating suicide until I asked.
I asked because of how extraordinarily limited I found their biomechanical rotation. It was objective, specific, and measurable.
You probably would not pick up on it seeing them walk down the street because we are all amazing compensators. But if you know how to assess biomechanical function, they were dysfunctional and dysregulated, head to toe.
They were in a sort of rigor mortis. Energetically, these people feel almost dead on the inside, and it drives them to desire death on the outside.
Burnout precedes and leads up to this level of vagus nerve lockdown.
Healthcare providers and coaches need new ways to transform burnout.
In the U.S., call or text 988 to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, or use the Lifeline Chat. Veterans or service members can call 988 and then press "1," or text 838355, or chat online. The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline has a Spanish language phone line at 1-888-628-9454 (toll-free).