April discusses how she helps her private health coaching clients prevent and recover from burnout.
Listen to the full interview on the Business Innovators Radio Network:
Burnout is a state of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion that can be caused by chronic stress. It’s no secret that people constantly under stress are more likely to suffer from burnout. Symptoms of burnout include feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, and exhausted all the time. If someone is struggling with burnout, they might feel like they can’t keep up with the demands of their life. They might start checking out at work, neglecting responsibilities, or withdrawing from social activities.
April shared “There’s a common misconception that self-care and taking a vacation will solve burnout, or that burnout is a syndrome that hits all at once. When in reality burnout is caused by a series of small things stacking up over time… and the good news is it’s very much preventable.”
If a person is dealing with burnout, it’s essential to take steps to recover and build resiliency tools to help mitigate stress. This includes getting plenty of rest, identifying hidden stressors, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise. They might also need to make some changes in their life to reduce their stress levels. For example, they might need to delegate some of their responsibilities or set boundaries with the people in their life.
In addition to taking care of themselves, it’s also important to optimize their sleep. Sleep is essential for recovery and is a powerful tool for reducing stress levels. Here are a few tips that can help optimize your sleep:
– Make sleep a priority, aiming for 7-9 hours of high-quality sleep a night.
– Stick to a regular sleep schedule.
– Create a relaxing bedtime routine.
– Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.
– Limit screen time a few hours before bed because blue light suppresses our natural melatonin production.
If someone is struggling with burnout, they shouldn’t try to tough it out alone. Talking to a doctor or mental health professional about ways to recover and get back on track is essential.
Likins explained: “You’re not alone. I’ve been there too. You can beat burnout and take control of your life and health by learning to manage stress better. I can show you how to uncover hidden stressors, build resilience tools, and find balance. Imagine if you woke up feeling balanced, more energized, and excited to have your life back. Let’s make that a reality!”
Client Cherry C. says: “Working with April has been life-changing! She is compassionate and exceptional at what she does. Working together really helped me to refocus on my goals and get my mental and physical health back on track!”
About April Likins
April Likins is a board-certified health coach dual-trained at Duke Integrative Medicine and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She’s passionate about helping busy professionals and overwhelmed high achievers reduce their stress, find balance, and feel the confidence, joy, and freedom to live their purpose and passions. Her area of health coaching expertise includes stress management, building resilience, preventing (and recovering from) burnout, and sleep optimization.
She lives in Virginia with her family, and when she’s not working with clients, April enjoys writing and speaking on wellness topics, traveling, photography, and a great matcha latte.
Learn more: www.aprillikins.com
April’s Recent Published Articles:
When Burnout Hits: 12 Powerful Lessons From a Coach Who’s Beat It | Better Humans
6 Ways to Improve Your Sleep Tonight | Wellbeing Magazine