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he 1st of November is International
Stress Awareness Day. The World Health
Organisation calls stress the "health
epidemic of the 21st century" and I'm on a mission
to do something about that!
Exactly ten years ago I was sitting at Hong
Kong airport, waiting to board a flight back to
the UK. I was on my way back from Sydney, a
journey I'd done six times in the previous fourteen
months. But that's not all I'd done in that time. I'd
flown around Australia and New Zealand having
meetings, running workshops and delivering
coaching sessions. Back in the UK I'd spent fourteen
months getting up at two in the morning to deliver
telephone coaching sessions. I also had other client
projects I was working on, all requiring preparation,
travel and delivery. On top of this I'd just completed
a three year nutritional therapy diploma. I was a
wife and mum with a house to manage and dog to
walk and parents to watch out for.
This time though, the journey was different.
I just couldn't get on the plane. I felt giddy, anxious,
tearful. I couldn't think straight and to this day
everything remains a blur. I still don't know how
I managed to get home, but what I do know is I'd
burnt myself out. The great enthusiasm, energy and
motivation I had for my life and work had gone. I
was exhausted, overwhelmed and struggling to
cope with even the smallest thing and it was utterly
Burnout is a state of emotional, physical and
mental exhaustion which leaves you feeling at rock
bottom, alone and unable to cope. You struggle to
function and sadly it's not something that can be
fixed with a couple of nights of good sleep. Burnout
happens to the very best of us and it doesn't happen
overnight but one day your body says enough is
enough, you've worn yourself out.
Ten years on, I do a much better job of
managing myself and my life but the working world
How to prevent
& reignite your Life and Career
by Susan Scott