Leadership Burnout

Avoiding Leadership Burnout – VLOG4

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Hey there beautiful Monkeys; Ani Wilson here with another helpful hint on overcoming the threat of burnout whilst living your full potential.

So let’s recap a little on what we’ve discovered thus far in this series – you’ve been fantastic and followed my every word of course! (wink)

So already you’re feeling a lot better than when you started, right?!?

So this week, I’d like to get a bit real here.

I mentioned in video one that when I was at the top of my career, I had to have a very real, honest conversation with my boss, that felt like I was exposing myself. The thought of being vulnerable when I help such a powerful position of leadership was horrendous. I felt like I was a failure and I was fearful that my positional authority would be questioned and undermined impacting my very role in the company.

Here’s where things get crazy, and it’s my time to break down barriers.

I get that as high performers we build high walls of strength around ourselves.

We’re not the type of person to spend time around the water cooler talking about our social escapades – we shelter ourselves from anything or anyone who would impact our professional credibility and achievement of outcomes.

Although our high performance and work ethic are admirable traits, deep down we’re causing a cyclone of problems, just waiting to burst out when we least expect it.

We become so accustomed to doing everything ourselves, that the thought of delegation causes us a feeling of distaste.

And then the time comes when our brain and body simply shut down, and we’re left on our hands and knees wishing we’d had help all along.

Today, having been there, done that, I need you to understand that admitting you can’t do it all is not a vulnerability.

Over the years I’ve now mastered the art of authoritative delegation – inspiring others to want to help as much as they can – which makes the end achievement so much more satisfying and fun.

If you were to die tomorrow (and effectively that may be exactly where you’re heading by ignoring this burnout), would someone else come and fill your shoes? Of course they would. Is your company better off having a leader or manager who’s in it for the long run who knows the business inside out with deep relationships, or the short high performance leader who comes in like a whirlwind, produces an amazing outcome and burns out, leaving that same company to spend an average of 36 weeks to replace them?

Seriously – get real.

Your high walls of strength are keeping people out who want to help; who want a leader that they’re inspired to follow.

Change your leadership style to one of vulnerability and relational authority and you’ll find you’ll actually reach your ideal outcomes in the same amount of time, if not quicker and with a smile on your face.

 

Don’t forget to comment below, and share this with your friends if you found this useful. Let’s spread the word, and tell everyone how easy this really is.

Until then, thanks for watching. Bye for now!

Leadership Burnout

Avoiding Leadership Burnout – VLOG3

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Hey there beautiful Monkeys; Ani Wilson here with another helpful hint on overcoming the threat of burnout whilst living your full potential.

IN the first video in this series we investigated how Serotonin plays a massive role in how we feel and how we respond to stress. IN this video I’d like to delve a little deeper and expand on the miracle chemistry that your brain needs to find balance.

It’s all very well and good to work on your psychology, but in this day and age, we’re missing the biggest key ingredient to living a wonderful, long and happy life – the understanding of our own miracle physiology that sits within our brain!

There are only 3 species on this planet that have a prefrontal cortex. The Chimpanzee, dolphin and Human. This area of the brain allows us to future gaze, to think about the bigger existential questions of life, such as why am I here, what is my purpose.

And yet, when God has given us such amazing potential, we’re reverting to simple mindedness and letting the drug companies tell us that we need medication to slow aging, to reduce stress and to lose weight.

It’s so incredibly wrong.

Today my tip for getting through any level of stress, beating burnout, and living in your full potential, is to find a way to fix your sleep patterns.

3 of the miracle 5 neurological transmitters needed for optimal mental health are only regenerated within phase 3 of our sleep cycles. When we mess with our circadian rhythms, we impair our brains ability to know when to produce these chemicals. Effectively without our 7 hours (on avg) of restorative sleep, our chemical think tanks dries up.

For every hour you get to sleep before midnight, it seems it’s worth 2 hours after midnight. When our sleep hours do not match our circadian biorhythms, we could sleep for 10 hours and still never restore the neurochemicals required to have energy and happiness, meaning when we try to sleep in on a Sunday morning until 11am after a big night out, we wake feeling worse for wear and fragile.

Do yourself a favour – even if you’re a night owl (which by the way is a learned habitual state) go to bed earlier (even gradual changes of 10 minutes earlier a week will make a huge difference to your cycles).

When you do so you support your own brain pharmacy, and activate the reproduction of serotonin, leptin (think weight loss), HGH (anti-aging), dopamine, and oxytocin to name a few.

 

I’ve got a free eBook giveaway on my website, giving you 10 simple techniques on promoting restorative sleep patterns, so head on over after this video, and don’t forget to comment below, and share this with your friends if you found this useful. Let’s spread the word, and tell everyone how easy this really is.

Until then, thanks for watching. Bye for now!

Leadership Burnout

Avoiding Leadership Burnout – VLog 2

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Hey there beautiful Monkeys; Ani Wilson here with another helpful hint on overcoming the threat of burnout whilst living your full potential.

Hopefully you’ve already spent a few minutes watching my first video in this series, and have already filled your pantry with loads of serotonin supporting foods.

So today, as promised in Video 1, I’ll be sharing with you the second most important rule for supporting yourself through Burnout successfully.

Yes, we can all practice mindfulness and start meditating, but some of us just can’t quite nail that principle, can we? If you’re a high performer by nature, your brain is wired differently meaning that your neural pathways to the Parasympathetic Nervous System (your calming gateway) is less trodden.

Think of it like a road. An arterial route around a city is well used, upkept by the council, and easily navigated. However, the country road to some unknown farm in the idle of nowhere may be harder to find, difficult to travel, and therefore given the choice, you’d prefer to stay away from it.

The same is true for how our neural pathways work within our brain.

The more use an area of the brain gets, the stronger the neural connection, meaning our responses are exaggerated and faster when required.

High performers spend most of their working day heavily in their left prefrontal cortex, which is in direct communication with out SNS.

Now try and tell that person to quieten their mind for 30 minutes to practice mindful meditation and that simple request stresses them out more when they fail to do so!

It’s an oxymoron.

Mindful meditation is destination, not an immediate fix, and should be treated as such.

Our immediate focus should be on activation of our PNS and it’s simpler than our complex brains let us believe.

The fastest way is to breathe out. Yep, that’s all it takes. The slower your outbreath, the faster your PNS will activate. So breathe in via your nose for a count of 4 or 6, but ensure you exhale slower and fully.

Your PNS will do the rest. It will dampen the Stress response, it will reduce cortisol production, it will tell your brain that really everything is a-ok. How frustrating that most of the working population don’t practice just this one simple technique. Spread the word, beautiful monkeys. And start being the change that this world needs.

Breathe out. Exhale. And change your path now.

Hey, remember, if you like this video, then share it, tell your friends, like us on Facebook, and comment below. I’d love to know what other topics you’re interested in, or what you’ve found have worked for you!

Bye for now!

 

 

Leadership Burnout

Avoiding Leadership Burnout – VLog1

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Hey there beautiful Monkeys; Ani Wilson here with another helpful hint on overcoming the threat of burnout whilst living your full potential

If you’re anything like me, then you’re a habitual overachiever. You’ve spent a lifetime creating outcomes and working hard and so the reality of how you’re feeling right now is a difficult pill to take.

7 years ago I swallowed that pill.

After a lifetime of being indispensible, as the highest performer my company had seen, I bit the bullet and had that difficult conversation with my boss.

“I need help. I’m suffering and I’m worried that this workload and commitment is killing me. I need your support. “

That was the hardest conversation I’ve ever had to start, but the best conversation I’ve also ever had.  As high performers we’re habitually trained to take on more than the average bear. We take pride in our work ethics and ability to succeed in the face of adversity.

And so when burnout beckons, we’re the last people on the planet to admit that we need help. Until it’s too late.

One day you’ll suddenly feel fractured; anxious, fearful, and you’re body will simply shut down. I’m not talking about Adrenal Fatigue. I’m talking about full and total burnout.

From experience I can tell you that this moment of truth often comes too late and at a price. But I’m also here to tell you that right now, this is the time that you can help yourself by supporting your brains nutritional needs as a starter.

Look, I get that there are many other things that you need to be doing right now, but it’s essential that if you’re feeling at all frazzled, that you realize that your ‘calm’ hormone Serotonin may be depleted.

Had recent stomach issues, or bowel problems, cramps, diarrhea? Through excessive stress, our digestive tract suffers dramatically. 90% of our bodies serotonin is produced within the gut, so when the gut struggles to perform basic functions, our calm hormones aren’t replaced. Knock knock – that frazzled, shaky feeling.

It’s the most important (Amino Acid) to replace at this time. Increase the following foods in your diet immediately to support your neurological health!

Pineapples, walnuts, Salmon, Eggs, warmed cows milk or turkey meat (cooked)

In my next video we’ll explore the #2 most important thing you need to know right now, so make sure you subscribe to this newsletter or podcast to ensure you don’t miss it!

And remember to comment below and let me know what’s going on in your world! Bye for now.