Mental health and coaching

From burnout to bliss - you deserve to live your best life

If you try to master anything else before mastering yourself, you’re wasting your time
By Adri Geyer
The month of October is declared World Mental Health Awareness Month, it is estimated that 792 million people worldwide have been affected by a Mental Health disorder (Our World in Data ). With the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are expecting this figure to rise, due to the future-uncertainty, loss of job or income or perhaps even due to the lockdown restrictions, causing even more isolation for many.
This figure is alarming and Mental Health really matters to me, because I have been through it and have come out the other side and I’ve made it my life’s mission to help other’s that are going through Mental Health challenges. Coming from the Healthcare industry, where Healthcare professionals often give their ALL to their patients, but often find themselves neglecting their own needs and passion. So, in order to do my part and stop the stigma, I would like to shed some light on this invisible disease.
Firstly, even though anxiety is the most common mental illness, affecting 284 million people globally (Our World Data, 2018), there are other illnesses including depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance use disorder, bipolar, schizophrenia and even eating disorders. Overthinking, avoidance, headaches, insomnia and panic attacks are all characteristics of anxiety – look out for these signs in yourself and others. Anxiety can lead to burnout; burnout is the brains way of telling you that there are too many tabs open in my mind. Eleanor Brown said “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
If it’s your job that’s causing your burnout, whether it’s because of your work-life-balance or maybe even lack of social support making your feel isolated – you can’t work effectively and efficiently. In fact, if you constantly feel tired, dread going to work and doubt your capabilities – then you are showing signs of burnout. And what’s really important when dealing with burnout – if you are leading a team and you’re experiencing burnout, this can have a significant impact on your employees or team.
Get enough sleep, zzzz’s are good for the mind and a fresh and well-rested mind reacts better to difficulties. Eat well, what you put in, is what you will get out – so remember you are not junk. Exercise regularly, even if it’s just a brisk walk around the block – the vitamin D alone will do you well.
Self-care leads to self-worth, self-respect & self-love. Find time daily to relax and enjoy down-time. Whether it’s getting creative with a hobby, getting your hands dirty in the garden or reading a book. Make yourself a priority.
Be conscious of your mindset, your thoughts, your attitude and your mood. Learn to celebrate life no matter the outcome. Take time to get centred and grounded at intervals during the day through breathing and relaxation exercises. This will help you into a present and focused state of mind.
Be in the present, have real conversations and don’t isolate yourself behind a screen. Fill your mind with positivity – excessive social media will steal your time and fill your mind with anxiety, if you allow it.
Document your thoughts and feelings daily, this is this best way to spot if you are heading into a negative direction. Create a gratitude list and fill your mind with goodness, whilst sharing your innermost feelings and thoughts.
Work-stress impacts both your physical and mental health, but very often we bring that stress and anxiety home and it begins to impact the ones we love. If you are overextending yourself and running on empty, then sometimes engaging with a Life Coach is what you need. No one said you need to go it alone and best of all, no one needs to even know about it. A Life Coach can give you the tools and strategies to overcome your triggers and resolve them quickly and effectively. Giving you the motivation and guidance, you need to get out of your own head and turn your dreams into your reality, whilst staying on top of the things you need to get done. A Coach equips you with confidence, teaches you how to effectively manage your time and helps you start healthy habits that lead to you finding your true potential.

“Remember the day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit. Be patient & stay the course.”

Fabienne Fredrickson For the last 20 years Adri Geyer has been a keen student of human behaviour. Diving deep into the world of personal growth and transformation. Adri has attended seminars, courses, read books and she has worked alongside John DeMartini, as one of his experience facilitators. She amassed an arsenal of experience on understanding the fundamental principles on why we do what we do.
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