Burned Out? How to Alleviate Stress with an Herbal Chill Out

by Feb 23, 2024Smoke Signals0 comments

Burned Out? How to Alleviate Stress with an Herbal Chill Out

by Feb 23, 2024Smoke Signals0 comments

You ever feel like that scene in the Tarzan movie? You’re washed up on shore, the splinters of a broken ship swirling in ocean waves through your sand-planted hair, that PTSD-drunk captain mumbling “It’s not my fault, it’s not my fault.”

Yeah, burnout isn’t just for Mondays anymore. 

Juggling multiple flaming bags of shit in this modern world called life, it’s easy to burn the Roman candle on both ends until you feel you’re about to explode. 

We’re striving for perfection in every aspect of our lives – from careers to family to social media Likes going viral like Al Capone’s syphilis. 

But it’s okay to not always be on all the time. Sometimes you just need to chill out – whether it’s an herbal smoke, a walk in the park, or hanging out with the family or a few close friends. 

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We all need our downtime, our connection with nature, a time to remember our ethereal purpose to the push of the drive. When relentlessly chasing our dreams, it’s good to remember to stop and make a few dreams along the way. Otherwise, we’ll lose the point of what we’re pursuing in the first place. 

So chill out, kick back – you don’t need to be “on” all the time. Mellow your mood, Soul Adventurer. And yes, herbs can be the perfect gateway.

Got the Resin Can Blues?

You could say burnout feels like a battery so drained it can’t be charged. I say it’s the ass end of a lump of resin sizzling on a Pepsi Free aluminum can smoked in the dank funky mold of your parent’s rat-ass basement.

And you know I’m right.

First recognized by the World Health Organization in 2019 in the eleventh revision of the International Classification of Diseases, burnout is a viable, prescribable medical condition. (Yes, Dr. Toke will write you one up, even in the state of Ohio, no questions asked.) You can actually get paid sick leave for it in Sweden, as Jill Lepore points out in the New Yorker, making a pretty good case why we should all make Army Knives for a living. 

(And btw, the WHO is a bit late to the party. We were smoking that Pepsi Free can of resin back in 1992.)

Burnout is a contagious international crisis. Half of everyone with a job on this planet feels burnt like a flaming marshmallow on the whittled stick of a sadistic 7-year-old, according to independent research quoted by Forbes.

Gen-Z is particularly fizzle-fried, with half saying they regularly feel shat out of business end of the dog that ate that burnt marshmallow, compared to 40% of those millennial bastards. Women (46% compared to men’s 37%) are especially amped to run over Wayne from accounting in the company parking lot. 

Yep, we all need to chill the fizzlestick out and simmer down, people. 

Because burnout is treatable – and not just with a weed card, folks. It starts by being kind to your old soul, reconnecting with Gaia, herbs, and nature, and getting down with your fellow human beings. Here are a few tidbits that might help.

Be Kind to Your Inner Child

Simply being kind to yourself goes a long way to grizzly-bear-hugging the bejesus out of burnout. Research shows that self-compassion can be a burnout-busting superhero. Treat yourself like your own BFF and watch those stress levels plummet faster than Wile E. Coyote off a cliff in a cloud of feet. 

In fact, one study published in the Clinical Neuropsychiatry Journal of Treatment Evaluation found that simply viewing compassion-focused imagery could lower your heart rate and cortisone levels. An analysis of studies published in the National Library of Medicine found that practicing self-compassion can reduce anxiety, depression, and stress.

So if you make a mistake, why kick the shit out of your inner child in a late-night Goodfellas pizzeria like Joe Pesci on a bad night? Instead, smoke him down and take him out for ice cream. Chocolate chip cookie dough can be the perfect cure for burnout. Your inner kid-you will thank you for the kindness.

Get Happy Feet High on the Green Garden of Gaia

Turn on, tune out, and recharge with the green of Mother Earth. One study published in Frontiers in Psychology found that simply walking in nature for 20 minutes could reduce stress hormone levels

Let’s not forget the birds and the bees – the sex of nature that’s all around us. Spending time in nature helps improve mood, boost creativity, and recharge those batteries faster than your smartphone charging on a caffeine IV drip. So, slap on some bug spray, unleash your inner wild child, and let the healing powers of nature work their magic. 

Get Out and Love People – It Might Save Your Life

One reason we’re all feeling burned out is we’re isolated. We’re spending less time with friends and family and more time alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And the loneliness is killing us. A recent review of studies indicates that loneliness increases mortality risk by 26%.

We’re all thriving for real connection – and not just the digital avatar kind. Social support has been found to lower burnout, especially at work. When you laugh so hard that your abs hurt, or have a heart-to-heart with a loved one that makes you shed a tear or two, you’re basically recharging your soul’s battery. 

So, grab that phone, find some time to chill out and hang, organize a game night, or just send a random “I appreciate you” text. Let the healing power of human connection work its magic. Because in the end, it’s the people in your life who make the world go ’round and keep you from going cuckoo.

Chill Out and Daydream (Smoking Herbs Puts the Mind at Ease)

Simply chilling out and letting your mind wander enhances creativity, boosts our ability to problem solve, and alleviates burnout, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Smoking herbs can be a great pathway to this. Lighting up an herbal spliff gives you time to tune out, chill out, and imagine. It lets us collect our thoughts and reconnect with our inner beings in a way that nurtures the soul. 

We don’t always need to be chasing deadlines, retweets (or I guess X’s, like that has any ring to it, you socially deprived Rocketman). Just chill out and have an herbal smoke – open the spiritual self a little bit. When the moment’s right, the timing’s on, you’ll feel it. 

Smoking herbs, being still, chilling out is a great way to rekindle dreams, savor the passion, and share in the passage of time. Whether you pass to the left or smoke the whole spliff yourself, it can be a meditative reconnecting point of solace that wipes away burnout and rekindles your very soul. Let Kindness be a balm.
Mathew Gallagher

Mathew Gallagher

Wordsmith Specialist

A freelance writer for hire, Matt Gallagher is the face and voice behind Web Copy Magician. He enjoys Bear Blend as a tea to spiritually reconnect with nature and the therapeutic wonders of chlorophyll.


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