December 25, 2018 was the day I realized I had been lied to...

You see, I was a registered nurse and had been working in many different Intensive Care Units (ICU’s) for both adults and children since 2012. Early on in my career I noticed the majority of the reasons why adults found themselves in the ICU were because of illnesses and diseases that could be linked to chronic stress.

I decided to get out of the reactive side of medicine in 2015 and started growing a business to help people better manage their stress.

I dove into learning all the strategies the research suggested were most effective:

  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Yoga
  • Journaling
  • Self-care habits
  • Somatic release

 

You name it, I researched it and trained in it and learned how to teach it.

I grew my business for a few years and thought I was really making a difference in helping people process their stress.

Until one day when everything changed...

Of course, I was also practicing what I was teaching but then on the morning of December 25, 2018 I felt terrible…and it showed. The Charge Nurse looked me in the eye at the end of my night shift and said “You don’t look well. Go home and take care of yourself. I’ll mark you down as sick for your next few shifts.”

I went home, and slept for 20 hours. And then slept for 20 hours the next day, and the day after that. It started me down this 2 year journey of surgeries, many medical tests, and lots of scary diagnoses being tossed out there as possibilities before I officially became the proud owner of a chronic illness and permanent disability that changed nearly every aspect of my life forever.

I had burnt out EPICALLY despite doing “everything right” according to the research and I. Was. Angry.

I felt lied to because, according to the research, I was taking care of myself and was managing my stress – so I shouldn’t have burnt out this hard (if at all). The struggle to reconcile the loss of who I was, and the life I thought I would be living …well…the struggle wasn’t pretty.

The truth is, I had lost trust in the strategies that I was teaching along with my health and my identity that was so tied up in my work as an ICU RN.

But everything shifted for me when I discovered the Truth About Burnout and how to prevent it.

The truth about burnout prevention is that you have to look beyond symptom management.

Here’s what I mean: 

Imagine that you’re sitting in a boat, full of holes and you’re bailing yourself out with a bucket. Meditation, mindfulness, yoga, journaling, self-care, somatics – those things all help make your bucket bigger so you’re able to bail yourself out faster. 

But the truth is, there are still holes in your boat and the water is still leaking in. 

Focusing only on symptom management does absolutely nothing to change, stop or slow the flow of stress that comes into our lives on a daily basis. Despite how well we’re doing those symptom managing self-care strategies that help make our bucket more effective at bailing ourselves out, eventually our burnout lifejacket has to catch us to prevent us from sinking all the way.

Learning how to change, stop or slow the flow of stress in our lives is where we really need to focus when we’re trying to prevent the pattern of burnout from coming back and wreaking havoc on our physical, mental and emotional wellness.

This is where the Burnout Recovery & Prevention Framework comes in to give you a path forward to plug up as many of the holes in your boat as you can. 

Focusing first on Recovering enough of your mental, physical, emotional and fulfillment energies to get you back up to the point where you think you could start to make some changes is key.

We have to allow ourselves time to get out of burnout – because when you’re burnt out, you are truly in deep, deep survival mode. 

Once that settles, now we can start to slowly, efficiently and effectively Optimize your routines and habits to make it easier for you to live your life and keep up with your responsibilities. Here’s where we’re able to start looking at the various holes in your boat to see if all of your responsibilities are necessary, in alignment with your values and what you want for your life, and if you in fact are the best person to do that certain task.

After all of that is sorted and you feel in control and in alignment with your life, now you’re ready to Elevate your impact and leave a legacy in your corner of the world that you’re truly proud of. 

I have helped hundreds of people through this journey in the past five years and I look forward to watching your healing journey as well.