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Unburnt Updates by Sabrina Ahmed

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Burnout Coach, Neuroscientist and Art-based Practitioner, helping business owners and leaders overcome burnout. I write about personal growth, lifestyle, relationships and work.

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How burnout-related stubbornness blocks good ideas

I chatted with a buddy last week about their burnt out team leader. My buddy had some good ideas to improve the team's workload, but the team leader kept shooting them down. It reminded me of when I've been burnt out and whether I'd done the same. Reflecting on those burnouts, I realised I'd rejected ideas and innovations too soon because they seemed like too much work. I was frazzled and teetering on the edge of staying afloat. A new idea and related effort could bring the whole house of...
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How I dealt with a toxic client

Clients are the lifeblood of our business. We create, hustle and serve to offer them something no one else can. It's rewarding in several ways, and helping others keeps us motivated. But, our relationships with clients are as complex as any other. We don't talk about it enough but sometimes our clients are toxic, driving our unhelpful coping strategies. We get pushed into burnout patterns that stop us being as effective as we should be. Here's permission not to tolerate it. Noah Buscher on...
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Stay on course - your new life is worth it

I'm finalising my art-based coaching diploma submission and it's more work than I realised! Frustration kicks in as my expectations don't meet reality. It's a shame but life often happens like this. Am having to dig deep into my 'grit' and 'curiosity' skills, but I also want to walk away from my books and sketch pads, and wish it was all done when I return. Ha! We're fast approach the middle of 2024, and I think a bunch of us feel like this. Doing something new for the future feels hard....
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Fear of stopping keeps you burnt out

A friend recently texted me that she was 'being pulled in a million directions and struggling to cope'. She's got a lot on her plate. A hectic senior leadership role, young child, coping with grief, and health concerns. I feel deeply for her, and how stretched and overwhelmed she is. As a coach, it's hard not to go into 'coach mode' when your friends just want to vent and be heard. They don't necessarily want ideas for what they could do, even if that's your first instinct. I empathised, said...
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Speed up your recovery by using your burnout pattern

Not all burnout is built equally. The more I work with my clients, dive into the research and explore my own burnout tendencies, the more I learn about how it occurs and breaking out of burnout. How burnout occurs is complex, insidious, and a mixed bag of context, internal and external risk factors. I've had habitual burnout over the years - and no individual burnout episode was exactly the same. There are common aspects - cynicism, emotional exhaustion, sadness, physical issues, overwhelm...
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Choosing the wrong exercise stops you getting fit

One of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to get fit is choosing the wrong exercise. I hadn't appreciated this until a chat I had with a fellow coach at a coaching psychology training event a few years back. She struggled to get back into exercise after starting a family. After months of attempting a running routine, she was disappointed in her lack of progress. Her frustration was strong, and she was self-critical. I asked her a question I've used time and time again since: 'Do you...
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You have to find your stress sweet spot as the pressure mounts

Not all stress is bad for you. Some of it is good. We get caught up in the 'stress is bad, get rid of it' message, and lose sight of how the stress response keeps us alive. Our stress response exists to help us adapt and react to challenges we face. It's normal. Heart rate rises, glucose is released into the bloodstream, muscles tense, our vision narrows - this is great in short-term stress situations and mobilises us for action. What isn't helpful is chronic stress. This response over a long...
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What is the burnout cycle?

Burnout doesn't happen overnight. It's death by a thousand cuts. You're so caught up in the daily struggle, you only realise how unwell you are when you hit a mental or physical roadblock. One of my main burnout signs is the sensation that I'm moving so fast that I'm sliding out of control down a mountain. It's like the skier who no longer has control of their skis and gravity has taken over - they're falling faster and faster. Your burnout signature might be different. Maybe you get teary,...
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Don't let FOPO stop you from getting things done

I learnt a new term recently - FOPO. Fear of Other People's Opinions. Somehow, this 4 letter acronym summed up how I've felt for most of my life! If you've been stressed or burnt out, this is familiar to you too. Doubt creeps in when you do things you never worried about before, or at least did without wanting to take cover afterwards. The inner critic gets loud and starts nagging away at all your vulnerabilities. Mine is called Maeve. She's a cow and pretty harsh. My FOPO and Maeve's...
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Burnout Coach, Neuroscientist and Art-based Practitioner, helping business owners and leaders overcome burnout. I write about personal growth, lifestyle, relationships and work.

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