What happened to me? Did life just grind me down, was I over-worked, stopped living for the moment and simply existing.
Did I lose my passion, drive and have no connection to whom I really was? Chasing success limited sleep, surviving on sugar, coffee and boozy weekends.
Each morning repeating the mantra – Another day, another dollar and only 12 hours to go.
Countdown until my next day off or holiday. Never present, never appreciating living in the now.
Body activate, Mind autopilot.
Repeating the same patterns, self-destruct scenarios, exhausted.
Then it hit me – BURNOUT!
I began to understand working long hours in a negative environment comes at a price. Disconnection from myself, health and my sense of self-fulfilment.
I had to make a change.
A pathway was opened up to explore meditation and mindfulness. The discussions were around Mind, body and spiritual well being. For the first time in two years I began to feel connected to myself, take responsibility for mindset and explore finding inner peace
While it was not immediately possible to walk away from a job where I suffered at the hands of my bullying boss, it was possible to learn it’s not selfish to take care of ME.
I began to reach out, find experts, tools, skill sets and information on how to live a life with every day bringing happiness and joy. I chose to create something new for myself, a new beginning, fresh start and a way forward. Using my free time more mindfully, exploring new networks and social groups.
Today I have created my business and found my life purpose built on the pain and wisdom learnt during the dark time of workplace bullying to help share inspiration, expertise and help change mindsets to live a healthy happy balanced life.
I took me extreme burnout to shake myself, notice the effects of a toxic environment and empower myself to make a change.
Self-talk – When I wake up in themorningI remind myself today is going to be an AMAZING day. How you start your day shapes your success.
Take time to yourself during a lunch break – Whether it’s a walk in the park, sitting in a quiet space or looking out at the window
Look at the energy vampires – Social media, News, toxic relationships and make changes
Reach out and seek help and guidance. It’s only human to have some up and down days – don’t be afraid to be real!
SLEEP – 8 hours a night minimum (Not always possible but try your best)
Eat nourishing food that makes you feel alive and kicking
Surround yourself with like mind people that uplift you.
Create daily rituals for sustainable success – Gratitude journals, meditation and yoga are some examples of feel-good factors.
9.Exercise – Release some super endorphins
Do something you LOVE – Travel, write, swim – Whatever fills your cup!
Jessica has been creating thriving workplace cultures in Australia since 2013. She has provided training and professional talks in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. Jessica is helping people thrive by sharing her learnings. An award-winning Speaker, Educator and Author. She founded Bullyology in 2017 and the Upstand Academy in 2020. Jessica is also the author of the book The Bullyologist: Breaking the Silence on Bullying.