Episode 81: Got the Burnout Blues? How one woman went from breakdown to breakthrough and found joyful sustainability and a career with purpose with Sandrine Crescini

May 24, 2021

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You work long, late hours and come home exhausted. Headaches are just a way of life these days. So are the knots in your stomach. And, you really can’t remember the last time you went for a walk or a bike ride that didn’t involve multitasking with a zoom call or mentally outlining a work presentation. 

Besides, if you found the time to “relax”, would you even be capable of sitting still? 

If the thought of sitting down for 20 minutes without your computer or your phone gives you more anxiety than it should, it might be time to talk about burnout

“But, I'm comfortable being busy. Why do I have to sit down?”

Because underlying anxiety is comfortably suppressed when we’re keeping ourselves busy. 

But, the moment you stop, you’re forced to confront what’s really goin’ on in there…

Paying attention to the symptoms of burnout isn’t really a choice. One way or another, it manifests itself. If you don’t listen, it just gets louder. Chronic headaches, inflammation, anxiety, depression...these can all be linked to doing too much. If we don’t pay attention to the signs, it can derail us completely. 

But this...this is a story of hope. 

In today’s episode, Karlee welcomes a true poster-woman for sustainability, Sandrine Crescini. After a burnout breakdown left her homebound for a year, she dropped everything and gave her mind and body the time it needed to regroup. After a lot of patience and some deep soul searching, the clouds finally lifted. She left burnout behind to live a more joyful life that finally felt sustainable. Quite literally

Recognizing the symptoms of burnout and taking the time your whole being needs to rest and recover is not only healthy, but it can lead to big discoveries about yourself. It can change your path and invite more purpose into your life. 

It’s time to exhale.... stop holding in what you already know to be true.

If you’re ready to find sustainable joy by putting you first and offering yourself more grace, then this episode is for you. 

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • Why it’s never a question of knowing; it’s a question of doing (12:54)
  • What it took to recover from burnout and find joy again (18:36)
  • How honesty with yourself and others allows space for serendipity (23:30)
  • Thinking about sustainability in our everyday lives (27:39)
  • How small adjustments can result in big changes (33:10)
  • How to know when it is time to push yourself versus trying a different way (41:24)
  • Shifting your default mindset from judgement to grace (43:05)

People Mentioned in this Episode:

Suzi Banks Baum

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Episode 80: Have To Do It All Yourself? How women get aboard the “Allyship” and let a few key people and strategies bolster their professional success.

Class: ENROLL NOW: The June 2021 Boundary Academy

Article: * “whole team of psychologists who are suggesting that we get more specific about acknowledging that burnout is a is an actual medical form of depression.” @27:18

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Messy and Magnificent is produced by the folks at Ginni Media

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