Burnout is a telltale malady of our times. It’s a state of physical, emotional, and spiritual depletion. It manifests in depression-like symptoms such as lost motivation, decreased productivity, and feelings of cynicism and hopelessness. It shows up in physical symptoms of extreme stress, including digestive shut-down, inflammation, adrenal fatigue, and a compromised immune system. And rekindling your inner fire is not as easy as rubbing two sticks together.
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It was early in my actualization as a feminist-minded, righteous post-adolescent that I began to think of birth control as a woman’s right (who was anyone to tell me that I couldn’t assault my hormones with synthetic imposters). It would be years before I would consider the nuanced considerations of tacit permissiveness toward reckless unprotected sex, the wholesale delegation of contraception to the female counterpart, and the fundamental divorce of a woman from the very feedback systems that fire up her reproductive age vitality. These concerns would begin to color my perception of this gift from Pharma, well before I began to learn about functional biochemical concerns surrounding the metabolism of synthetic hormones.
For many women pregnancy is not a time of blissful navel-gazing. Almost 1 in 5 women will experience depression during or after pregnancy1. For some, a history of depression or anxiety and associated treatment has left them with questions and confusion when they are planning a pregnancy or find themselves in a fertile bind. Since we have shed so many of the mood-supporting aspects of our ancestral lifestyle – outdoor activity, food derived from it’s natural chain, community, sleep when it’s dark – it can take a lot of work to be well and avoid biochemical pitfalls. What are some of the options?
Flourishing. That's where it's at. Brian Johnson takes a quick look at Martin Seligman's latest book on the science of well-being, Flourish. Martin Seligman is the godfather of the positive psychology movement and in his new book, he describes the science of well-being.