The scariest thing about burnout is you just don’t see it coming
In fact, it tends to happen when you’re busy living a life you’re quite good at! In June 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and told I needed a mastectomy, chemo and radiotherapy. I was just 44 and I felt blindsided. It wasn’t until the wheels came off that I really started to pay attention to my health. It was also the first time I looked into the impact of stress on our bodies. I was certain mine was a burnout-related cancer, so this was a light-bulb moment for me. I know I didn’t burn out because I was weak, I‘d simply tried to stay strong for too long.
I realise now that my body had been sending me signals to pay attention. Dull skin, fatigue, aches and pains; I had a growing list of symptoms. A nagging voice in my head had been telling me to prioritise my wellbeing but I thought it could wait until the children were older. I couldn’t have been more wrong and now I needed to get in the driving seat fast. What could I do to heal and thrive naturally? How I could avoid a recurrence in the future? When I started to look at my health from a lifestyle perspective, everything changed.