16 Jan

Burnout is such a major workplace issue that it is now a recognized medical condition.

Workplace burnout was recently added to the International Classification of Diseases, the World Health Organization’s handbook that guides medical providers in analysing diseases.

“Women still have to work harder than men to prove themselves – at work and at home,” says therapist Jean Gibson. “But their natural caring and giving nature has its limits. Too many young women suffer exhaustion and burnout while trying to balance their work and home life”.

Baroness Karren Brady CBE says: “Women are working hard, playing hard and sadly losing respect for themselves and their natural rhythms. In all of this drive to succeed and achieve, we’re also losing our sense of belonging and community.”

Award-winning entrepreneur Bianca Best (pictured) says: “Extreme productivity can lead to burnout and weeks spent in bed immobile. Many times, I’ve cracked in the wake of frenzied productivity and become useless. I’ve lost weeks of my life, bedridden with immune collapse. I’ve lost time, comatose with exhaustion. I’ve even lost my hair.”

Work Life Balance – Extreme Productivity Dangers

There are six core areas that high-attaining women need to pay attention to if they want to honour the ‘productivity balance system’. It covers sleep, diet, fake energy, relaxation, extreme productivity and emotional stress.

“Extreme productivity is an all-too-common energy crime committed by modern women every day”, says the transformational coach. “It’s something we high-achieving women are proud to have burnt into our psyches. We almost don’t notice that we’re extreme. We consider it part of life’s plan.

“All too often we trip head-long into frantic productivity through social conditioning born of competitiveness and goal obsession, with abominable disregard for other areas of our lives. It’s also a way of hiding from emotional stress.”

Work Life Balance for Alpha Females

• Create a sanctuary in your bedroom
• Beware of blue light from screens
• Soak in an aromatherapy bath
• Eat no food after 8:00 PM
• Read
• Enjoy silence
• Allow time for reflection

• Create space for yourself.
• Practice mindfulness
• Keep a journal
• Master the act of listening
• Gain different perspectives
• ‘Flip’ your limiting beliefs
• Identify your values
• Trust your intuition

• Stop, retreat and renew
• Respect the necessity of taking a break
• Be kind
• Learn – lessons are everywhere, whether they’re presented as such or not
• Follow your passion through work
• Care about others
• Have inspiring relationships
• Try journaling for reflection and making wishes
• Feed your soul by capturing thoughts and photos that fill you with joy
• Make your home a haven

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