From Years of Burnout and Chronic Fatigue
To Energized All The Time!
From the age of 22, I suffered with regular bouts of burnout. They were so bad that the doctor sometimes signed me off from my stockbroking job in the City of London with a 'virus'.
For over 12 years, I mainly slept for only 5 hours a day. I would go to bed at midnight and get up at 5am. Leaving for work in the dark and getting home in the dark.
I had a 4 hour daily commute and my weekends consisted of food shopping and household chores. This didn't leave much time for hobbies, exercise, ‘me time’ or even socializing!
I lived for weekends and holidays!
I became depressed, and waking up each morning with a black cloud hanging over my head became the norm. Eventually, dragging myself out of bed, after many strikes of the snooze button on my alarm clock
So, I was elated when I left work and my alarm clock became the happy gurgles of our newborn baby boy. Finally, for the first time in years, I felt happy and full of energy all the time. My life was perfect, I had everything I wanted and needed.
However, that wasn’t to last. On Christmas Day, just 16 months after our son was born, my husband had a seizure. We later discovered this was due to pressure on his brain, from a brain tumour. The tumour was malignant; my darling husband, and daddy to our baby boy, had cancer.
At 29 years old, my life came crashing down around me.
I nursed my husband for 11 months until he took his final breath in our bed with me lying by his side. The pain I felt was immense and I didn’t know how I was going to be able to carry on without him.
But I did carry on, because I had our 2-year-old son giving me the biggest reason I needed to get out of bed everyday.
Fast forward 6 years....
Six years later, as before, our son became my reason for getting out of bed each day. When, after a time of immense stress and many struggles, the burnout raised its ugly head again. But this time it was much worse.
- It was like I had permanent flu
- I slept fitfully at night and most of the day
- There were days when I just couldn’t get out of bed
- Lying in one position for too long cause aches and pains all over my body
- I could fall asleep standing up
- Whilst driving, I had to rest my aching arms on my knees as I held the steering wheel
- Blow-drying my hair took age,s as I had to rest my arms every few seconds, and
- Going out to socialise left me exhausted for days or even weeks
- Bright lights and loud noises stressed me
- I had brain fog and poor memory
- Watching TV or reading was a challenge, as I couldn’t concentrate on anything for longer than a couple of minutes
- I had become intolerant to many of the foods I had previously been able to eat
- Some foods caused painful cramping in my stomach
- Constipation and diarrhoea were a regular problem
It was as if my body, brain, digestive system and immune system were all shutting down!
This inability to live a normal life, fighting against all these symptoms, caused me to have mini breakdowns. One occasion was so bad that I just wanted to end it all.
The fear of coming close to leaving my son without a daddy as well as a mummy led me to finally seek help from my doctor.
I needed to find out why I was feeling so wretched. After seeing my doctor, and an Endocrinologist, and having many blood tests, I was diagnosed with M.E., or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as it’s now often known.
So what is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also called CFS or CFS/ME is a condition that causes many symptoms. However, the overriding symptom is that of extreme fatigue, which isn’t relieved by a good sleep.
Researchers estimate that there are over ¼ million people, who have been diagnosed with it in the UK and over a million in the US, and only about 20% have actually been formally diagnosed. Worse still, children and young adults are being diagnosed with it – it’s becoming a 21st Century epidemic!
After being told there was no cure, I refused to accept that I would live with this debilitating condition for the rest of my life. and set about finding a way to recover.
I took a positive acceptance of the diagnosis, in that I finally knew what I was dealing with. I knew my body was telling me that if I didn’t start taking better care of it, it would pack up for good!
So I set about finding a way to recover, in a natural way, and took responsibility for my own health.
It took me 4 years to feel totally well again, with no symptoms. Those years were like a roller coaster, very up and down. Some of the things I did worked and relieved my symptoms permanently, and some didn’t. But eventually I found the winning combination.
It is with that knowledge, along with my various trainings and qualifications, that I created The ENERGY Stress Relief System. To show others how they can prevent burnout before it really takes a hold and starts to shut their body down completely, like it did me. To find out more, click the logo below:
Training, Qualifications and Experience
I understand that no single approach is the right one for everyone. However, my experience has enabled me to successfully help others on their journey away from a life of chronic fatigue.
I have learnt much in my search for wellness, and continue to learn, and I am also:
- A Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Trained and qualified in Hypnotherapy
- Trained and qualified in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
- A Second Degree Reiki Practitioner
- An Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner