In 2019 I burnt out.
As a medical doctor and General Practitioner I knew what burn out was, but I didn't see it coming for myself.
I had helped countless patients with their own stress and mental health, yet I was unable to help myself.
I was brought to my knees and broken in so many ways.
Physically, my body was depleted. I was exhausted beyond measure. I hadn't known a full nights sleep for longer than I could remember and I was questioning my identity and ability to help anyone as a doctor.
I was lost, burnt out and had nothing left to give.
I documented it all through my blog.
Finding solace and relief in words, I made time to reflect on each step of my path to recovery. A chronological memory of the long and winding road I was walking.
If you're now facing something similar, I would love to take you on my journey with me.
A gentle tour guide to the path that is perhaps lying in front of you.
I hope that these words might give you some solace.
I know that your journey will be different, but perhaps my own path might bear some similarity to yours?
Burn out recovery is not a linear path...
Sometimes it feels like two steps forward, one step back. That's OK.
Build your support network, prioritise caring for your body & mind, keep having the conversations about how you're going with people who care about you and just focus on one step at a time.
My own path took me longer than I ever expected. These blog posts span over 2.5 years. Change takes time, but growth and learning can happen through out the journey.
Where to next?
I know that feeling of overwhelm that comes from nearing (or experiencing) burn out and not knowing what to do next. Seeking support from those around you is so important- having open and honest conversations about the fact that you're struggling with people who care about you and (as in my case) seeking professional help from your GP, a psychologist, counsellor or coach.
As well as that though, would you like some help implementing mindful self care into your life right now?
My FREE 7 Days of Mindful Self Care mini-course is a great way to start the process of slowing down and tuning into your body & mind 🌿
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