Beat burnout with burnout coach Leanne Spencer

Recovery from burnout – The Healing Process

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the ‘half empty or half full’  question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: ‘How heavy is this glass of water?’ Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, ‘The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralysed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.’

She continued, ‘The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralysed – incapable of doing anything.’ Remember to put the glass down.

Successful recovery from burnout will usually involve several different healing techniques and strategies, depending on your starting point, what you enjoy, and what is appropriate at the time. The key aspects that I focus on within the Rise Method™ include:

  • Exercise: empowering through movement
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness and being present
  • Relaxations techniques
  • Yoga
  • Laughter
  • Power posing and posture
  • Quiet time
  • Strategies around social media
  • Strategies around smart phones
  • News ban

Leanne Spencer is an entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, author of the Amazon bestselling book Rise and Shine: Recover from burnout and get back to your best and Founder of the Rise Method® and Bodyshot Performance Limited. Connect with me @riseshinemethod or Facebook.

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