In 2014 business owner, mother, wife and ultra marathon runner Kathy Mann began getting sick.
Sick from stress. She was suffering from burnout.
Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion which is a result of excessive and prolonged stress.
It took a few months until my health collapsed completely to the point where I couldn't work at all.— Kathy Mann, author and speaker
Mann shared insights from her book 'Avoiding Burnout – the Seven Principles of Self-Preservation' and says she had to drastically change her life after her health was impacted by severe stress.
Her early symptoms were fatigue and headaches, before she developed sleep disturbance, tremors, heart palpitations and sweating.
The doctor later diagnosed her with Hashimoto's disease, a lifelong autoimmune form of hypothyroidism.
Mann discussed her personal journey and spoke about some of the principles of self-preservation, which include making time for self-care, addressing "energy vampires" and losing the guilt.
People used to say to me I was like 'superwoman'. It wasn't sustainable.— Kathy Mann, author and speaker
I'm enjoying the quality of life I have more.— Kathy Mann, author and speaker
The first principle of self-preservation is knowing yourself.— Kathy Mann, author and speaker
Take a listen to the expert advice and personal life lessons:
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