Stress is a Part of Life. Burnout Doesn’t Have to Be

Stress is a Part of Life. Burnout Doesn't Have to Be

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Record numbers of Americans have quit their jobs this year. More than 40% of workers are reportedly thinking about doing the same. After 18 months of societal turmoil, workers are burnt out.
“The last year and a half has had a huge effect on burnout, stress, depression around the world, really, and so we’re not the same,” said Jeanie Chang, a North Carolina-based licensed marriage and family therapist. “This is a changed world, a changed workplace.”

While the concept existed before the pandemic — the World Health Organization recognized workplace burnout as a legitimate medical diagnosis in 2019 — research has found it has soared in the era of face masks, social distancing, and working from home.

‘No one is immune’

As millions of workers are discovering, burnout can happen to anyone. “No one’s immune,” said Chang.

Burnout can come from not feeling valued at work, like being overlooked for a promotion, Chang adds. It can develop from being overworked, not having clear boundaries, and be compounded with pressures at home, especially for parents and caregivers. It might even stem from indirect trauma, like emotionally fraught stories in the news.

In her practice, Chang said she often sees the toll of microaggressions and emotional labor burning out clients of color.

“Marginalized communities are more affected,” Chang said, “because their narratives are not always validated.”

Culture can also influence burnout. Having grown up in a culture reluctant to address mental health, Chang unsuccessfully tried to ignore the stresses of her fast-paced journalism job in her early 20s. “You can love what you do but go into burnout because you’re not managing your stress effectively,” said Chang. She ultimately had to leave the industry.

During a particularly stressful time, Chang ignored a medical issue that ultimately resulted in hearing loss. She warns neglecting mental health concerns can lead to physical health issues as well.

During a particularly stressful time, Chang ignored a medical issue that ultimately resulted in hearing loss. She warns neglecting mental health concerns can lead to physical health issues as well.

Stress vs. burnout

While stress is an everyday part of the human experience, burnout doesn’t have to be, Chang said. It’s normal for stress to leave you feeling overwhelmed. But that emotional response is a key differentiator, she said.

“Burnout looks very different than stress,” said Chang. “It’s where you’re disillusioned, underwhelmed, and the term is ‘blunted,’ where you’re emotionally just flat. Nothing really fazes you anymore.”

You may lose interest in the things you used to enjoy. Daily functioning may suffer. You might find yourself questioning everything. Others might recognize changes in your personality.

Burnout can look like or occur alongside depression, so Chang believes it’s important to seek professional help if you notice warning signs.

Not one-size-fits-all

Left unchecked, burnout can wreak havoc on the body. A 2020 study links burnout with atrial fibrillation, the leading cause of stroke in the United States. Chang said she suffered sinus infections and pneumonia for months after her own experiences with burnout.

That’s why catching burnout early — or preventing it outright — is so important. But Chang cautions there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to individual recovery. While some workers may need a temporary break from their job, others might need to leave their role or switch industries.

“Burnout can take years to get to. And then burnout could just as quickly go away when you pivot once. But then also it could take years to get through,” Chang said, noting it took her several months. “It’s different for everybody.”

Managing daily stress

It’s crucial to learn to manage your stress on a daily basis, said Chang. The first step is validating how you are feeling and why. Learning to spot your triggers and boundaries will help you gain a sense of control.

Also think about the things that get you “excited in life” and try to make them a daily habit. For Chang, it’s watching K-dramas (Korean TV shows), going on walks, spending time with her family and playing with her mini goldendoodle puppy. She credits those activities with preventing burnout after a particularly hectic time earlier this year.

“You can build your own resilience daily,” said Chang. “We all have resilience. We need to work hard to build it. And that’s the process of preventing burnout.”

Contributor: Julia M. Chan, CNN Health

Walmart Is Recalling This Item After Two Deaths Were Reported

Walmart Is Recalling This Item After Two Deaths Were Reported

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A common household product, sold in 55 Walmart stores and on, has evidently gone seriously bad.

When you’re stocking up on groceries, sometimes it’s a treat to grab something new to try for the home. Unfortunately, in what seems to be an unusual turn of events, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Friday that a casual household purchase appears to have turned deadly for at least two people, including one child. Now, a CDC investigation has discovered that the product—a well-known brand of room spray—is likely to contain a deadly species of bacteria that’s typically only found on the other side of the world.

Keep reading to learn if this aromatherapy room spray is something you’ve tried. Also, don’t miss Friday’s report: This Chemical Found in Groceries Kills More Than 90,000 People Every Year, New Study Finds.

Better Homes & Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones

Better Homes and Gardens Room Spray

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission published an announcement Friday to advise that approximately 3,900 containers of a commonly sold room spray were being recalled. Six fragrance varieties of Better Homes & Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones have been included in the recall—those scents are: Lavender, Lavender & Chamomile, Sandalwood & Vanilla, Lemon & Mandarin, Peppermint, and Lime & Eucalyptus.

“A Rare and Dangerous Bacteria”

The authorities stated the recall was being conducted after testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered “the possible presence of a rare and dangerous bacteria and risk of serious injury and death.”

They report the Lavender & Chamomile variety of the Better Homes & Gardens room spray tested positive for Burkholderia pseudomallei. This type of bacteria can lead to melioidosis, which the CDC says “is an infectious disease that can infect humans or animals” and is “predominantly a disease of tropical climates, especially in Southeast Asia and northern Australia where it is widespread.” (The products were reportedly made in India.)

The CDC suggests signs of melioidosis infection may present in a number of ways, such as fever or swelling, lung-related problems, headache, body pains, and several others. The CDC offers a list of melioidosis symptoms here.

The Incidents

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says four cases of melioidosis are under investigation in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia, with two of those having resulted in death. One of the fatalities was a child.

Better Homes & Gardens Room Spray Product Details

Here are the product details the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provides about the Better Homes & Gardens Room Spray:

“The aromatherapy room spray was sold at about 55 Walmart stores nationwide and online at from February 2021 through October 2021 for about $4. “Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy,” is printed on the label on the front of the 5-ounce glass bottle. The aromatherapy was sold with a pump spray nozzle in the following scents and product numbers:

84140411420 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender & Chamomile

84140411421 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lemon and Mandarin

84140411422 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender

84140411423 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Peppermint

84140411424 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lime & Eucalyptus

84140411425 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Sandalwood and Vanilla

What to Do If You Bought This Better Homes & Gardens Room Spray

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers the following steps for removing the product from your home. They state these instructions are “consistent with CDC’s guidance”:

  • Stop using this product immediately. Do not open the bottle. Do not attempt to throw away or dispose of the bottle.
  • Double bag the bottle in clean, clear zip-top resealable bags and place in a small cardboard box. Return the bagged and boxed product to a Walmart store.
  • Wash sheets or linens that the product may have been sprayed on using normal laundry detergent and dry completely in a hot dryer, bleach can be used if desired.
  • Wipe down counters and surfaces that might have been exposed to the spray with an undiluted disinfectant cleaner.
  • Minimize handling of the product and wash hands thoroughly after handling the bottle or linens. Wash hands thoroughly after removing gloves.

They state Walmart is offering refunds for the product, and that “Customers will also receive a $20 Walmart Gift Card upon return.” The CDC’s press release is here.

Contributor: Krissy Gasbarre: Eat This, Not That!

Raw Food Fans Listen Up: Always Cook these Foods Before Eating

Raw Food Fans Listen Up: Always Cook these Foods Before Eating

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For anyone consuming a standard American diet that’s heavy on processed meat, dairy, and overcooked vegetables, adding the right raw foods can certainly boost your health. Raw foods have a lot going for them, especially when it comes to preserving nutrients. Yet, there are still some foods that are unsafe if eaten raw and others that are simply more nutritious when cooked. Here are nine foods you should avoid eating raw.

Raw cookie dough
If eating raw cookie dough is your favorite indulgence when baking, listen up! Tasting uncooked food made with flour could make you seriously ill, suggests a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Research, which led to a recall of more than ten million pounds of flour in 2016, found that a type of E. coli bacteria previously discovered in wet environments, like ground beef and lettuce, can also thrive in dry hosts like baking flour. A total of 56 cases of infection were identified in 24 states. Over a quarter of patients were hospitalized. One even went into kidney failure. All of the people, however, recovered.

Raw beans
Raw kidney beans are hard and bitter. So, it’s unlikely anyone would grab a handful to snack on. Nevertheless, it’s important to understand that there is a reason beans need to be cooked to a soft state. Beans contain proteins called phytohemagglutinin. When these beans are eaten raw or are inadequately cooked, they are toxic and can lead to food poisoning, reports the Independent. There are other beans that contain phytohemagglutinin, but red kidney beans have the highest concentration. So, just a handful of raw or undercooked kidney beans is enough to cause gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea two to three hours after eating. In fact, the more you eat, the more intense your symptoms will be.

Raw potatoes
Make sure you have cooked your potatoes through. Unlike pasta, al-dente potatoes can be dangerous. Raw potatoes are potentially toxic because of a compound called solanine. Even in small amounts, solanine is highly toxic, according to MedlinePlus. Potatoes with just a little green under the skin have a higher concentration of solanine. Moreover, potatoes that have started to sprout eyes also have a higher concentration of solanine. Potato poisoning may cause stomach pain, headache, and even paralysis. Therefore, if you cut into a potato that’s green throughout, don’t eat it — even when cooked.

Raw olives
Raw olives, like potatoes, are something you don’t want to eat raw. While they won’t make you sick, unprocessed olives straight from the tree are very bitter. And green olives are by far the most bitter, thanks to a compound called oleuropein. The only way to remove the bitterness and make them edible is by curing them with either a lye or brine solution, according to Cook’s Info. Although some raw food enthusiasts may eat raw olives, no Mediterranean olive producer would ever consider eating them straight off the tree.

Raw wild mushrooms
Raw wild mushrooms are rough on the stomach and tough to digest. Cooking them helps you avoid serving up gastrointestinal distress. Additionally, many are actually quite toxic and even potentially deadly when eaten raw. Cooking, on the other hand, breaks down the harmful compounds. That said, some wild mushrooms are deadly raw or cooked. So, unless you are 100 percent certain a wild mushroom is edible, don’t eat it!

Raw pork
Yes, you can eat raw steak tartar. No, you can’t eat raw pork. Sure, the danger associated with eating uncooked or undercooked pork has lessened over the years. Still, eating pork raw is not advised. A study published in Comprehensive Reviews looked at how Salmonella, Campylobacter, Trichinella spiralis, Toxoplasma gondii, Listeria monocytogenes, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus relates to the pork industry. Researchers found that, overall, pork does contribute to foodborne diseases. One parasite you definitely don’t want in your gut and intestines is tapeworm. A tapeworm can grow longer than 12 feet and live inside its host for years, suggests Medline Plus. It has many segments, and each segment can produce eggs. So, pass on the raw or undercooked pork.

Raw chicken
Of course, just like pork, chicken should never be eaten raw or pink — no matter what some chefs advise. Between the processing plant and the supermarket, raw chicken picks up lots and lots of nasty bacteria. If digested, it can cause chills, diarrhea, and fever. In fact, salmonella poisoning, often linked to contaminated foods like poultry, affects about 1.4 million Americans each year. It’s also responsible for almost half the bacterial infections in the U.S., according to Medical News Today.

Raw asparagus
You may find a few shaved asparagus salad recipes floating around the internet. But, in reality, asparagus is a vegetable that really should be cooked. Some vegetables are just more beneficial for your health when eaten cooked, and asparagus falls in this category. Asparagus has more cancer-fighting antioxidants when cooked. Cooking also increases the absorption of vital nutrients like vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. You won’t get sick from eating raw asparagus, but cooking it will help break down the fiber, making it easier to digest.

Raw sprouts
Like any fresh produce that’s eaten raw or lightly cooked, sprouts carry a risk of foodborne illness, suggests While they’re certainly tasty on top of salad, use them with caution. When uncooked, they can harbor harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria. Sprouts should only be purchased fresh. But young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and anyone whose immune is compromised should avoid sprouts altogether.

So, what about those homegrown sprouts, you ask? Well, when it comes to harmful bacteria, they’re not immune. Even if just a few harmful bacteria are present in or on the seed, the bacteria will multiply quickly during sprouting, even under the sanitary conditions of your home.

Contributor: The Alternative Daily

Your True Crime Obsession Could Be Hurting Your Mental Health

Your True Crime Obsession Could Be Hurting Your Mental Health

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After a year on high alert, flooding your system with nerve-wracking entertainment may exacerbate problems in other areas of life.
Over the past few years, America’s fascination with true crime has blossomed. Series from the podcast “Serial” to Netflix’s Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel have garnered huge followings due, largely, to audiences’ morbid curiosity and the taboo of it all: Why did they do it? How did they do it? What drives them? How were they able to move about society undetected? There’s also the desire to understand the dark side of the human condition. Women—who are often the primary consumers of true crime, according to a 2010 study—tend to view true crime as an educational tool, providing a framework on how to detect potential abusers and avoid dangerous situations. Plus, an unsolved mystery can be entertaining as hell.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a daily true crime habit, but if you’re feeling depressed, anxious, or paranoid, you may need to re-evaluate how much you’re taking in. Recent research showed that when people actively consumed crime news, whether through news outlets, radio, or television documentaries, they reported being more fearful of crime—regardless of actual crime rates. The same can be said for true crime fans. It’s important to monitor how you’re feeling as you’re listening, reading, or watching—which is easier said than done—and be aware of how these stories may negatively impact your mental health.

For starters, overconsumption of murder podcasts can give you the overinflated sense that serial killers are constantly lurking around us. (According to the FBI, serial murder accounts for less than one percent of all murders in a given year.) “I’m convinced I’m going to be killed on a daily basis and I know logically that is probably not going to happen,” Amanda Vicary, the chair of the psychology department at Illinois Wesleyan University and author of the 2010 study on true crime fan demographics, told VICE. “It’s hard to keep logic in mind when you’re watching and hearing these stories all the time.”

Another problem is that the stories depicted in true crime series hardly represent the full scope of crime in the U.S. country. The cases that tend to be shared are ones that captivate an audience due to their uniqueness and even then, they tend to be sensationalized, psychologist Erica Rojas told VICE. “Ask yourself: Are they accurate depictions of the average event that happens? Not really,” she said. “On the one hand, it’s certainly healthy to prepare ourselves for this dangerous event out there, but on the other hand, living in this state of alertness can really lead to unnecessary paranoia sometimes.”

Vicary, who is currently studying people’s anxiety levels after they listen to a true crime podcast, said she has heard anecdotes from people who acted more cautiously because of true crime content. This caution becomes a problem, she said, when you’re unable to leave the house because of your fear, or when you’re hesitant to exchange small talk with strangers in public (something that has been shown to make you happier and feel more connected to your community).

A constant state of high alert, paranoia, and hypervigilance is helpful when we’re trying to protect ourselves from threat in a genuine crisis, Jessica Micono, a forensic psychology professor at Regis University and co-host of the podcast Psychology After Dark, told VICE. But persistent hypervigilance that stems from a diet of true crime can lead to increased overall stress. “That increased stress can subsequently lead to stress-related illnesses, things like cardiovascular disease or hypertension,” Micono said.

Prolonged exposure to true crime can activate the sympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system responsible for the fight or flight response, Rojas said. “What happens when that’s activated is it produces these heightened levels of stress hormones,” she said. “So, they’re good in the moment, they get our adrenaline running, they make us run or avoid that physical threat. Where it can get tricky is if there’s long term and chronic exposure to this, it can lead to mental health problems, like anxiety and depression, and physical health problems, like a decreased immune response or medical issues.”

After a year on high alert because of the pandemic, flooding your system with nerve-wracking entertainment may exacerbate problems in other areas of life. “If you’re going through day-to-day life at this heightened level of fear as your baseline, how are you able to manage other stressors that might happen normally in your day-to-day life, like living in a pandemic?” therapist Erin Parisi told VICE. “Our baselines are already pretty high at that point. You have a bad day at work or you maybe have an argument with your partner and then it can quickly become too much. Everything piles on.”

Additionally, overexposure to terrifying stories, especially before bed, can permeate our subconscious and cause nightmares. Prolonged sleep deprivation can result in high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, obesity, depression, and more.

If your true crime habit is inhibiting your ability to leave the house, get work done, or live without an overwhelming sense of paranoia—feeling like you’re constantly being followed, assuming every noise you hear at night is a murderer breaking in, incorrectly assuming every stranger you encounter will harm you—experts suggest seeking help from a mental health professional. Especially if you already experience anxiety and depression, these stories could compound your symptoms, Vicary said, so a therapist can help you work through your triggers and trauma.

And, like most good things, it’s a good idea to enjoy your true crime in moderation. When you feel the weight of murder and deception bogging you down, switch up your entertainment to include some comedy or mindless reality TV to lighten the mood. “Some of us enjoy that little adrenaline dump from true crime, and others like playing armchair detective, and that’s all fine, that’s entertaining,” Micono said. “It’s important to honor those dark interests; it’s also important to engage in light activities as well.”

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