Updated: Sep 7
Burnout is an all-too-common phenomenon that can leave us feeling disempowered, exhausted, and lost.
As a mom, experiencing burnout can be particularly challenging, as we strive to be the best version of ourselves for our children and loved ones.
But what if burnout could be a catalyst for positive change?
In this article, I will share my personal journey of burnout, how it transformed me, and the lessons I learned along the way.
Several years into my corporate career, I found myself feeling unhappy, disenchanted, and trapped. I was still trying to figure out my life purpose.
I craved a change and desperately wanted to escape the emotional turmoil and lack of fulfillment that I experienced daily.
The disappointment of not receiving a team leader role added to my frustration and fueled negative thoughts. It all became too much to bear, and I reached a breaking point - my first burnout.
Leaving my job was a painful decision, accompanied by tears, anger, and physical discomfort. It was a wake-up call that prompted me to delve into alternative medicine and explore ways to heal both my body and mind.
During my journey towards healing, I began to study holistic medicine and mindset. I discovered the power of self-care and gradually built a stronger foundation for myself. With newfound clarity and a desire for change, I returned to a job that resonated with me, one that allowed me to make a positive impact and feel a sense of responsibility and purpose.
Life was finally moving in the right direction.... or so I thought
Just as things seemed to be falling into place, life took an unexpected turn.
I became pregnant while halfway through a year-long diploma program for sports and holistic massage. Although it wasn't part of the plan (for now, but surely plan for the close future), the news filled me with both happiness and uncertainty.
Despite the challenges, I continued to embrace my corporate job and looked forward to returning to work after maternity leave.
However, reality didn't align with my expectations.
I found myself having to prove myself all over again, dealing with sleepless nights, sick children, and the pressures of being a new mom. To make matters more complex, I also ventured into opening my own massage business, adding an additional layer of stress and responsibility.
Pushing myself to the limit, believing I could handle it all, I eventually hit a breaking point. The physical and mental strain became too much to bear, and I was forced to take a two-week break from work. Seeking help from a counselor, I realized the importance of prioritizing my well-being, not only for myself but also for my child and family. This experience ignited a fire within me and led me to make a promise to support other moms facing similar challenges when I returned to work.
My burnouts lead me defining a life purpose
Fueled by my newfound determination, I embarked on a journey of self-improvement and advocacy.
I underwent Mental Health First Aid and coaching training, and I became involved in the well-being committee at work, specifically as a parent and care leader. Through these roles, I championed initiatives to support moms and fostered understanding within the company.
It was a fulfilling experience, one that made me realize my passion for helping moms and the significance of finding true fulfillment in my career.
This journey of ups and downs led me to a pivotal realization: corporate life was not aligned with my personal fulfillment and purpose.
Determined to create a life that truly mattered to me, I set out on a path to find a way out. Though the road was filled with challenges, I remained steadfast in my commitment to stand up for myself, my child, and my husband.
Burnout, while a difficult and trying experience, can become a catalyst for positive change.
My journey from burnout to strength allowed me to rediscover myself, find a purpose, and become an advocate for other moms. It taught me the importance of self-care, setting boundaries, and pursuing a life that aligns with my values and purpose.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, remember that burnout doesn't define you. Use it as an opportunity for self-discovery, empowerment, and personal growth. You have the strength within you to rise above and create a life that brings you joy and fulfillment.
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