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Unburnt Updates by Sabrina Ahmed

Practical and creative solutions to become unburnt

As a Burnout Coach, Neuroscientist and Art-based Practitioner, I help business owners and leaders overcome burnout, improve focus and reduce overwhelm to manage a fab business and life they love. I write about personal growth, lifestyle, relationships and work.

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How resistance helps you get unstuck

I love synchronicity. Or the way our brain finds patterns when we aren't looking for them. Of course you have to be open to the signs or trends that appear. What also helps is noticing what you're trying to avoid. The concept of resistance appeared several times this week with my art-based coaching clients, Reader. I co-hosted a wonderful online group art-based coaching with fellow business owner and Dating Clarity Coach, Kat Nieh from thoughtfully.kat, where we explored and helped writers...
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How art and creativity uncover hidden insights that bring you peace

Your brain is a powerhouse problem-solver if you allow it to work in diverse and holistic ways. There's never been more information, access to advice, and resources available to us, and yet health conditions, such as anxiety, burnout, and depression have increased over the past few decades globally. So what is missing, Reader? From my personal experience and working with business owners, the biggest gap is taking persistent action to do what we know works or will improve a situation. Photo by...
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Why you'll cope better with change than you think

You'd think that with more experience you'd reduce self-doubt. Unfortunately our brains don't always work like this. I was chatting with a business owner friend recently who was unhappy with where her online business was going. She'd been busy and successful through COVID but wanted a change to feel more connected to people. She took a risk and accepted a day job in another sector but it wasn't going to plan. Photo by Kid Capture on Unsplash Early signs suggested a toxic workplace which...
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Use criticism to supercharge your progress in life

Oooof, my face burned up, my stomach churned, and I felt queasy. I'd asked for this but now I felt rough! I joined a writing mastermind last year which is a great learning, accountability, and community experience. This week, we had a public content teardown on a piece of content we'd submitted. It was my turn. Lessons from vulnerability I'd chickened out the week before but my buddy and I got brave and submitted a piece for this review. It's a fab way to learn but I got more and more anxious...
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🚀 Unburnt: don't accept that life won't change for the better

Hey Reader, I pushed several burnout buttons at the end of 2023. I had a never-ending viral illness that wiped me out, and was dealing with toxic colleagues in my day job as well as year-end madness. Add to that the grief that covers everything I do since losing my dad a couple of years ago around the November anniversary. It's more intense than expected. I know my burnout signature by now: Urge to work harder and longer hours Disengage emotionally and see everything as a task Push through...
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🚀 Unburnt: being OK with discomfort

Hey Reader, "You have some very high expectations of others and unfortunately people are a let down - it's not you, it's them but you do have to find a way to deal with them". A colleague said this to me and it stopped me in my tracks. I'd been struggling with burnout and toxic behaviour at work, and even though it wasn't their intention, it felt like it was my fault. We had a back and forth about burnout and I fundamentally disagreed with their perspective that burnout was purely...
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🚀 Unburnt: 3 types of burnout you might have

Hey Reader Not all burnout is created equal. I've been reading Feel Good Productivity by Ali Abdaal, and he doesn't just focus on pure productivity hacks but on improving general wellbeing as a way to increase sustainable productivity. His approach resonates with mine. We aren't machines. We can try to function like machines but overextending ourselves or not resting enough means we wear out and can't repair as effectively. This is what makes us so susceptible to burnout. But Ali has...
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🚀 Unburnt: adapt to the seasonal change

Hey Reader I had a great chat with my personal trainer a couple of days ago about the impact of winter on our energy levels. We're usually quite active people and love working out. But both of us are recovering from a virus and feel lower energy in the darker months. Winter is here As business owners, you might have noticed this yourself. Maybe you can't wake up as easily in the morning. Or perhaps you reach for the coffee or chocolate more during the day to keep you going. If you usually...
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Unburnt: happy new year

Hey Reader I hope you've had a good end to 2023 and are looking forward to the year ahead. This is a quick thanks for being subscribed to Unburnt Updates. I really appreciate you joining me on this journey whilst my business develops and grows. I'll let you know about my updated coaching programme over the next week. It combines the insights from working with stressed and burned out business owners that some of you can benefit from in 2024. Until then, here's an article on my Substack - Build...
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As a Burnout Coach, Neuroscientist and Art-based Practitioner, I help business owners and leaders overcome burnout, improve focus and reduce overwhelm to manage a fab business and life they love. I write about personal growth, lifestyle, relationships and work.

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