Setting Healthy Boundaries in your Life & Work to Prevent Burnout E51

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June 9, 2023
Welcome to episode 51 of Women Who Rebrand, where we explore setting healthy boundaries and working to prevent burnout. Sareta is today’s host and is thrilled to introduce you to our incredibly inspiring guest, Selina Barker.
Selina is a renowned life design and career change coach, author of the empowering book ‘Burnt Out,’ and the mastermind behind the captivating Audible series ‘The Career Change Coach.’ But that’s not all! She’s also the visionary behind Project You and the ‘Goodbye 2022, Hello 2023‘ journal. Selina’s dedication to helping individuals reclaim their lives and create fulfilling careers has made her a force to be reckoned with.

Now, let’s dive into the heart of our conversation. Have you ever wondered what inspired Selina to create the fantastic Audible series, ‘The Career Change Coach’? Get ready to discover the story behind its creation and how it can empower you to make meaningful changes in your career and life. This game-changer series provides guidance and clarity as you navigate the path to a job you genuinely love.

But what about those who tend to overthink and push themselves to perfectionism? Sareta, who has ADHD, perfectly captures this struggle. Fear not! Selina’s strategies are tailored to help individuals like you avoid burnout while pursuing their passions. Learn from her invaluable insights and discover a healthier, more sustainable way to excel without sacrificing your well-being.

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Prevent Burnout: Embrace Self-Care and Reclaim Your Well-Being

Picture this: We wake up to the shrill sound of our alarm clock, realising that another demanding day lies ahead. As we trudge through our morning routine, the weight of responsibilities and looming deadlines settle on our shoulders like a heavy burden. The days blend into each other, and exhaustion becomes our constant companion before we know it. This, my friend, is the perilous path towards burnout.

Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by prolonged stress and excessive work demands. It sneaks up on us, wrapping its suffocating tendrils around our lives until we’re left drained and disillusioned. It doesn’t discriminate; burnout can strike anyone, whether we’re busy professionals, students juggling multiple commitments, or dedicated parents. That’s why all of us must recognise its significance and take proactive steps to prevent it.

Why is it so important, you ask? Well, let’s paint a vivid picture together. Imagine driving a car on an empty tank, the fuel gauge desperately pointing towards “E.” As we press the accelerator, the engine sputters and gasps for air, barely propelling us forward. That’s what burnout does to us – it drains our energy, stifles our creativity, and diminishes our productivity. It’s like trying to function with a flickering candle when we deserve to shine brightly.

Preventing burnout is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for our well-being. In the realm of work, burnout can have dire consequences. It impairs our ability to concentrate, stifles our problem-solving skills, and erodes our motivation. The quality of our work suffers, and our professional relationships bear the brunt. We become irritable, distant, and prone to making mistakes. It’s a vicious cycle where stress breeds burnout, and burnout, in turn, perpetuates anxiety.

But burnout doesn’t limit its reach to the workplace alone. It invades our personal lives, infiltrating our relationships and stealing the joy from our passions. It robs us of precious moments with loved ones, leaving us physically present but emotionally absent. Hobbies and activities that once brought us solace and pleasure now feel like burdens as we struggle to summon the energy and enthusiasm to engage in them. Burnout casts a shadow over our existence, affecting our mental health, physical well-being, and happiness.

So how do we prevent burnout? It starts with recognising the signs and prioritising self-care. Let’s take a moment to assess our current situation. Are we constantly fatigued? Do we find it challenging to concentrate? Are we experiencing a lack of joy and fulfilment in our work or personal life? If the answer is yes, then it’s time for us to take action.

We can start by setting boundaries. Let’s learn to say no when our plates are already overflowing. Let’s embrace the power of delegation and ask for help when needed. We should prioritise our tasks and focus on the most critical ones rather than trying to do it all. Allowing ourselves breaks throughout the day to recharge and rejuvenate is essential. Remember, we can’t pour from an empty cup.

Engaging in activities that bring us joy and help us unwind is vital. It could be something as simple as reading a book, walking in nature, or practising mindfulness and meditation. Let’s find what works for us and make it a non-negotiable part of our routine.

Seeking support from friends, family, or professional counsellors is also important. Sharing our struggles and concerns with them can provide valuable insights and perspectives. Let’s consider the power of connection and its comfort during challenging times.

Lastly, let’s prioritise self-compassion. We must understand that we are human and deserve rest, care, and kindness. Let’s banish the guilt that often accompanies self-care and remind ourselves that it’s an essential investment in our well-being.

Discover the transformative power of authentic self-care and stress management in this empowering episode 46 of Women Who Rebrand. Join Sareta as she sits down with Candice Denise, a passionate self-care advocate, to explore practical strategies for making self-care a lifestyle.

From understanding the importance of authentic self-care to navigating the impact of technology on our well-being, Candice shares her knowledge and personal experiences to empower busy women to prioritise their wellness. Tune in to gain valuable insights and learn how to incorporate self-care practices into your everyday life.

The magic we have as human beings is our ability to turn our dreams into reality and transform any area of our lives…
So, let’s use it!” –Selina Barker

Selina has dedicated over a decade, precisely seventeen years, to assisting individuals in creating lives and careers they genuinely adore. She possesses an unwavering belief that each person is the artist of their own life, viewing life as the ultimate creative endeavour where dreams can be transformed into reality through dedicated action.

Her commitment to following her heart, taking dreams seriously, and designing a fulfilling life and career has revealed the inherent magic within human beings to manifest their aspirations and transform all aspects of their lives.

Selina’s experience extends beyond just working with diverse individuals. She also brings a deep understanding of different neurological types and the unique challenges they face. Gain remarkable insights into her work with these individuals and uncover how she supports them in their journeys to success.

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Selina Barker is a Life Design & Career Change Coach and Author.

She is also a passionate and dynamic international speaker who has captivated audiences worldwide. From business giants such as Google, HSBC, and Soho House to countless other organisations, Selina has been sharing her expertise in burnout prevention, stress management, energy optimisation, and designing a life that allows success at work and in your life.

If you’ve ever dreamed of having a personal life coach by your side, guiding you towards the life you’ve always envisioned, then the Project You membership is your ultimate ticket to making it happen. Get ready for live workshops, Monday pep talks, and instant access to an exclusive library featuring over 20 hours of transformative content. From captivating guest interviews to video tutorials and recorded coaching sessions, you’ll have a wealth of resources at your fingertips.

Ready to gain valuable insights about yourself and conquer burnout? Look no further than Selina’s free quiz, ‘What’s Your Burnout Archetype.’ It’s a fantastic opportunity to uncover your unique tendencies and discover practical strategies for navigating and overcoming burnout.

Selina Barker
Podcast: The Career Change Coach
IG: @SelinaTheCoach

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