They say we teach what we most need to learn ourselves and for me and this is most definitely true when it comes to burnout.
It's affecting more and more of us, and I know I'm not the only one with a tale to tell.
In the past year, 74% of us reported that we were so stressed that we felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
A shocking statistic when you track the damaging effects of stress on the body (check out this infographic).
SEPTEMBER'S FOCUS: BATTLING BURNOUT I've always thrived on using high pressure to get things done, allowing it to be the fuel that keeps me on track. Yet if I know that if I'm not careful, I quickly cross the thin line between spinning plates and burning out.
By the time I realise I'm doing too much, my body is already bearing the burden. On the outside I look exhausted, my skin is freaking out and I'm one chapped lip away from a cold sore epidemic. While emotionally, I'm overwhelmed, frustrated and anxious as hell.
Everybody is different and what works for one of us won't necessarily work for another, but below I've rounded up a few of my top tips for keeping stress in check. They're designed for times when you're feeling overwhelmed and can be great starting points to making lifestyle shifts.
3 TIPS TO HELP YOU BREAK-UP WITH BURNOUT
GET GROUNDED - Making time for nature is so easily overlooked but on an energetic level helps us to get back into our bodies and ground into the present moment. It's especially important for those of us who live in cities, feel like we're always-on and are surrounded by electromagnetic traffic. POWER DOWN WITH PLANTS - The world of wellness can easily become another place to feel overwhelmed, however it can also offer us so many amazing supports. My personal favourite? Plants. Look into adaptogens such as Ashwagandha and Reishi for help managing your body's stress response, explore the benefits of CBD to ease anxiety or experiment with the calming properties of essential oils such as Jasmine and Lavender. MAKE TIME FOR YOUR MIND - Your body responds to the information that your mind gives it, which means that if you're continually replaying the story that you're stressed, busy and unhappy, your body will react. Focus on changing the story by journaling, breathwork or talking therapies if you need more support, but most importantly, remember to be kind to yourself.