Burnout is Having a Moment…

As a scientist who has been studying and writing about “burnout” for more than 20 years, I find it quite interesting that the media have finally latched on to the idea that burnout is REAL and WIDESPREAD.

My first book related to burnout (and chronic stress) was published in the beginning of 2002 – and my 14th book related to the “opposite” of burnout (Mental Fitness and “vigor”) was published just a couple of weeks ago.

Mental FitnessMaximizing Mood, Motivation, and Mental Wellness by Optimizing the Brain-Body-Biome has now sold out twice on Amazon (but you can also get it directly from the publisher and for a dollar cheaper).

This tells me that there are a lot of people who are hungry for a natural approach to “beating burnout” that goes beyond surface fixes like meditation and mindfulness (which “can” work but often don’t work for many people – I have a whole chapter on Mindset and why “mindfulness misses the mark”).

A lot of the Mental Fitness book covers the fact that “how your feel is not just in your head” – but also in your gut (and microbiome) – and your heart – and your immune system, etc – and that there are LOTS of simple and effective (research-proven) strategies to help you “feel better” with superior mood, elevated energy, sharper focus, lower stress, improved sleep, and increased resilience.

I also wanted to share a few recent articles about “Burnout at Work” that I think might be of interest to readers of this blog…
2 days ago in the WSJhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/burned-out-maybe-you-should-care-less-about-your-job-11633320061
1 month ago in The NY Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/06/business/media/burn-out-companies-pandemic.html
<1 month ago – my tips to “Beat Burnout” on Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Globalhttps://thriveglobal.com/stories/2557756/

Last thing – my Mental Fitness Retreat in Plymouth MA has been hosting trainings around “mental wellness” – and we hope to start “corporate team retreats” in 2022 – so stay tuned for further info about that.

Last CMWC of 2021 & Mental Fitness on CBS Channel 2

Got to share the new Mental Fitness book on CBS Channel 2 – along with my top ”Good Mood Foods”

Check out the segment here and read about the foods below…

For anyone interested in Mental Fitness – the book is on sale everywhere and our = certification course for Mental Wellness Coaches is scheduled for Oct 20th-23rd in Plymouth MA.

This will be our LAST in-person workshop this year! (and prices will go up next year when our mental wellness spa is fully built out and ready for our guests to enjoy)…

Mental Fitness book featured on KUTV’s Fresh Living (CBS ch2 Salt Lake City)

Good Mood Foods

My latest book is out – “Mental Fitness – Maximizing Mood, Motivation, and Mental Wellness by Optimizing the Brain-Body-Biome”

It sold out in its first day on Amazon – but it is back in stock now.

The book covers the idea that how we feel is not just in our head – but also in our gut (the “2nd brain”) and the heart (the “3rd brain”) – and there are natural ways that we can get our “three brains” to perform their best so we feel our best with our highest level of Mental Fitness.

Here are my Top 3 Good Mood Foods – one for each brain…

Blueberries for our Head Brain – Polyphenols (pomegranates, tea/coffee, chocolate, berries, citrus, grapes)

Pumpkin Seeds for our Heart Brain – Seeds and Nuts (walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)

Oatmeal for our Gut Brain – Fiber (oatmeal, whole grain bread, dark leafy greens, bananas, cauliflower, asparagus)

Option 1 = Oatmeal with blueberries and walnuts/pumpkin seeds

Option 2 = Smoothie with GBX Protein (Chickpea protein), SuperFood (Green, Red, Purple plants), and SeedFiber (sunflower, cucumber, cranberry, black cumin seed, blackberry, grape seed)

Dr. Shawn Talbott: “Eat better”

Eat better (microbiome and gut health) — the data is unequivocal — our Standard American Diet (SAD) is linked with more mental wellness problems, including burnout. Eating a more “Mediterranean style” diet is both therapeutic for existing mental wellness problems and protective against future ones. This pattern of eating is simple — and delicious — and not any more expensive than the junk […]
— Read on thriveglobal.com/stories/2557756/

Resilience is in Your Gut

Had a terrific time recording this podcast about Resilience with Jen Morris (The Well-Rounded Actor) – give a listen about how harnessing our “2nd brain” (in our gut) to improve how we feel and perform.

thewellroundedactor.buzzsprout.com/1646623/9155889-cultivating-resilience-mental-fitness-for-performers-dr-shawn-talbott-best-selling-author-elite-athlete-nutritional-biochemist

Eating for Mental Fitness

My new book on Mental Fitness hits shelves tomorrow!

Pick up a copy at the links below…

I did a little segment with WUSA Channel 9 in Washington DC that outlines a few of my favorite foods and nutrients for boosting Mental Fitness (mood, motivation, focus, energy, etc)…

Click HERE to see the segment

Mental Wellness Coach Certification – September Dates!

The Certified Mental Wellness Coach (CMWC) is a streamlined, focused, intense course spanning 16 hours of instruction in the role of diet and lifestyle factors in balancing the Microbiome-Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis for improved Mental Wellness and Mental Fitness.

We held our first CMWC course in Wisconsin at the end of April and our first “residential” classes in Plymouth MA in June, July and August – with great feedback about the content and the “workshop” format.

Our next course will be held September 22 – 25 in Plymouth MA – and the location will be our new “Mental Fitness Retreat” at 3 Waves Wellness.

Total costs are:

  • Tuition = $1,200 per student (includes food)
  • Lodging = $1,000 for 5 nights at 3Waves Wellness (approximately – often less expensive depending on specific room and duration of stay) – and if you want to arrive earlier or stay longer, we can arrange that too!
  • Food = included breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments (healthy and amazingly delicious)
  • Fun = whale watch, history walk, kayak/SUP, beach day (all weather dependent)
  • CMWC course materials (from Functional Foods Institute) = $299 (details below)

Our location is a casual coastal “bed & breakfast” with 7 rooms – so we can host you right here and everyone can hang out together while we learn about and improve our own mental wellness.

Our room options include 3 queens with private baths, 2 kings with private baths, and a really cool 3rd floor suite with 2 private king rooms sharing one bath…King rooms can be shared with the addition of roll-away beds.

All rooms are equipped with ChiliPad mattress covers – so you can control the temperature of your bed for the most amazing night of sleep. We also have a number of “mental wellness modalities” that are available to all guests – including Brio massage chairs, Oculus virtual reality meditation, Apollo NeuroTouch Therapy, Joovv Red Light Therapy, and a ZeroBody Float Bed – so you can learn about AND experience Mental Wellness at a level you never have before.

You can see a bit about Our location (3 Waves Wellness – formerly known as “Above the Bay at Thornton Adams”) HERE – we are close to the beach, the forest, the history of Plymouth, and dozens of cool restaurants, bars, and shops.

Our current curriculum has been a hit with all types of Health Professionals (physicians, chiropractors, nurses, nurse practitioners, naturopaths, personal trainers, health coaches, life coaches, etc) – and our intimate “workshop style” events fill quickly…(all of our other events have sold out almost immediately)…

To reserve your seat or ask any questions, please email me directly at smtalbott@mac.com – or Julie at JulieTalbott@mac.com (you can “reserve” your seat in the class now and pay later)

Tentative Schedule: 

  • Sept 21 (Tuesday) – arrive and settle in
  • Sept 22 (Wed) – 9am-Noon Learning / Noon-1pm Lunch & Learn / Afternoon Fun
  • Sept 23 (Thurs) – 9am-Noon Learning / Noon-1pm Lunch & Learn / Afternoon Fun
  • Sept 24 (Friday) – 9am-Noon Learning / Noon-1pm Lunch & Learn / Afternoon Fun
  • Sept 25 (Saturday) – 9am-Noon Learning / Noon-1pm Lunch & Learn / Afternoon Fun
  • Sept 26 (Sunday) – checkout as a newly Certified Mental Wellness Coach (CMWC)!

Background – Why Becoming a CMWC is Important – and Timely

At no time in human history have we ever been so “advanced” technologically and yet so miserable psychologically.

It’s no exaggeration to describe stress, depression, anxiety, and burnout as epidemics – literally the “Black Plague” of our modern times.

How you feel is not just in your head, it’s also in your gut, and your heart, and your immune system, and in many other places inside and outside the actual brain in your head.

National surveys show that happiness and life satisfaction levels are at all-time lows, while depression, suicide, drug addiction, and use of prescription antidepressants and pain-killing opioids are at all-time highs.

There is no physical health without mental wellness. They are two sides of the same coin, and they are vital for each other and for our ability to reach our peak potential in this one life that we have to live.

The CMWC will explore research-supported natural approaches that can improve how we feel mentally and perform physically in every aspect of our daily lives, including:

  • What is Mental Wellness Coaching
    • Education, Guidance, Training, Support to help unlock potential
    • Why EVERYONE needs a coach!
  • What Mental Wellness Coaching is NOT
    • Counseling, treatment, prescribing, medicine…
  • Objectives
    • Workshop Format
    • 500+ slides (many for reference)
  • Part 1 – Science
    • New Paradigm of the Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis
    • Science-based products (how Amare fits)
    • Mental Wellness Economy
    • Science Deep Dive
  • Part 2 – Practice – What to DO?
    • Mindset
    • Ingredient Sourcing
    • Functional Nutrition
    • Immune System
    • Stress
    • Gut-Brain-Axis
    • Endotoxemia / Metabolism
    • Heart-Brain-Axis
    • Physical Performance
    • Sleep
    • Anti-Aging

Mental Fitness Book Signing

Signing 1,000 copies of my new Mental Fitness book – it’s out on Sept 14! This feels like a workout? 🤦‍♂️

Doing this in the garage next to the bikes and paddle boards – because why lug the boxes into the house!?!? 😜

One more box of 48 and it’s off to paddle board the bay – gotta practice what I preach, right? 😎

Certified Mental Wellness Coach (CMWC) – August Dates Added

The CMWC is a streamlined, focused, intense course spanning 16 hours of instruction in the role of diet and lifestyle factors in balancing the Microbiome-Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis for improved Mental Wellness.

We held our first CMWC course in Wisconsin at the end of April and our first “residential” course in Plymouth MA in June – with great feedback about the content and the “workshop” format.

Our next course will be held August 28 – Sept 1 in Plymouth MA – and the location will be our new “Mental Fitness Retreat at 3 Waves Wellness.

Total costs are:

  • Tuition = $1,200 per student
  • Lodging = $1,000 for 4 nights at 3Waves Wellness – and if you want to arrive earlier or stay longer, we can arrange that too! (other area lodging is also available).
  • Food = included breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments (healthy and amazingly delicious)
  • Fun = whale watch, history walk, kayak/SUP, beach day (all weather dependent)
  • CMWC course materials (from Functional Foods Institute) = $299 (details below)

Our location is a casual coastal “bed & breakfast” with 7 rooms – so we can host you right here and everyone can hang out together while we learn about and improve our own mental wellness.

Our on-site room options include 3 queens with private baths, 2 kings with private baths, 3rd floor suite with 2 private king rooms sharing one bath…King rooms can be shared with the addition of roll-away beds.

…but since we have limited rooms and reserve on a first-come basis, you might also want to check out some of the area hotels? There are a number of options at every price point – just search “hotels in Plymouth MA”

You can see a bit about Our location (3 Waves Wellness – formerly known as “Above the Bay at Thornton Adams”) HERE

This will be a special event focused on Health Professionals (physicians, chiropractors, nurses, nurse practitioners, naturopaths, health coaches, life coaches, etc) – so it will be a smaller intimate “workshop style” event – and seats will fill quickly…(all of our other events have sold out almost immediately)…

To reserve your seat or ask any questions, please email me directly at smtalbott@mac.com (you can “reserve” your seat in the class now and pay later)

Tentative Schedule:

  • Aug 28 (Saturday) – arrive and settle in
  • Aug 29 (Sunday – 5h) – 9am-1pm Learning / 1-2pm Lunch & Learn / Afternoon Fun
  • Aug 30 (Monday – 5h) – 9am-1pm Learning / 1-2pm Lunch & Learn / Afternoon Fun
  • Aug 31 (Tuesday – 6h) – 9am-2pm Learning / 1-3pm Lunch & Learn / Afternoon Fun
  • Sept 1 (Wednesday) – checkout as a newly Certified Mental Wellness Coach (CMWC)!

Background – Why Becoming a CMWC is Important

At no time in human history have we ever been so “advanced” technologically and yet so miserable psychologically.

It’s no exaggeration to describe stress, depression, anxiety, and burnout as epidemics – literally the “Black Plague” of our modern times.

How you feel is not just in your head, it’s also in your gut, and your heart, and your immune system, and in many other places inside and outside the actual brain in your head.

National surveys show that happiness and life satisfaction levels are at all-time lows, while depression, suicide, drug addiction, and use of prescription antidepressants and pain-killing opioids are at all-time highs.

There is no physical health without mental wellness. They are two sides of the same coin, and they are vital for each other and for our ability to reach our peak potential in this one life that we have to live.

The CMWC will explore research-supported natural approaches can improve how we feel mentally and perform physically in every aspect of our daily lives, including:

  • What is Mental Wellness Coaching
    • Education, Guidance, Training, Support to help unlock potential
    • Why EVERYONE needs a coach!
  • What Mental Wellness Coaching is NOT
    • Counseling, treatment, prescribing, medicine…
  • Objectives
    • Workshop Format
    • 500+ slides (many for reference)
  • Part 1 – Science
    • New Paradigm of the Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis
    • Science-based products (how Amare fits)
    • Mental Wellness Economy
    • Science Deep Dive
  • Part 2 – Practice – What to DO?
    • Mindset
    • Ingredient Sourcing
    • Functional Nutrition
    • Immune System
    • Stress
    • Gut-Brain-Axis
    • Endotoxemia / Metabolism
    • Heart-Brain-Axis
    • Physical Performance
    • Sleep
    • Anti-Aging

Amare Product Stacks – with EDGE

Below are the slides that I use for our Product Overviews during Science Social Hour (Deep Dives) – with some of the recent video overviews HERE (~70-minutes) and HERE (9-min focused on EDGE)

Mental Fitness Book – Coming Sept 14

I’m excited to see my new book in physical form (the Advanced Reader Copies – ARCs – have started circulating for comments)!

Mental Fitness – Maximizing Mood, Motivation & Mental Wellness by Optimizing the Brain-Body-Biome will be published on Sept 14 – and it is available for pre-order now (see links below)…

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Pre-Order Now = 
https://turnerbookstore.com/collections/health-fitness/products/mental-fitness-maximizing-mood-motivation-mental-wellness-by-optimizing-the-brain-body-biome

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