Dealing with Stress and Burnout?
An interview with Emily Hepworth.
More often than not, most people have thought about a new goal, something they wished was different in their life or a change they wanted to make at some point or another. For some, this may mean focusing on their physical and emotional wellbeing to change their current path in life, for others it’s as simple as exercising again. You may have set a new goal or dare we say it, a New Year’s resolution and it’s nearing the moment when you call it quits and go back to your old habits; be it substance abuse, feelings of burnout and stress or allowing your addiction to take-over.
So, we thought it was about time we sat down with our go-to woman Emily, Istana Jiwa’s Program Director; who has years of experience in assisting people in changing their current circumstances for the better and taking charge of their life again.
Read what she had to say;
How do we get 2020 off to a good start?
Emily: For many people, it can be as simple as just asking for help. I know personally, that was the hardest part for me. I hate to use the saying New Year’s resolutions or start the new year, but it can be as simple as just making that phone call for someone you love or for yourself and just admitting that you have a problem and be willing to change it.
At Istana Jiwa, we meet a lot with people that first have to admit they’ve got a problem. It doesn’t have to be addiction specifically, it could be anything. But, just admitting there’s a problem and willing to ask for help is the first step.
What’s your advice for a woman feeling the pressure of juggling stress, a career, family and day-to-day life?
Emily: It’s funny, because right now it’s been actually a pretty stressful time. It’s so easy as a woman, as a working woman, as a high ranking working woman, to just let the job totally consume you. Most of the time it feels as though it is 24/7!
I’ve found myself at a lot of times, having a hard time not bringing it home with me. When I do, I find that starts to affect my relationship with my partner, my relationship with my friends, and what I’ve really learned to help is meditation. Helping telling myself, it’s okay to turn off for an hour or for the evening when I’m home. It’s important to remind yourself that you are not doing it alone. I don’t have to control every minute of every part of my work.
As a woman too, I like everything to be perfect. Run perfectly by the schedule, and that’s not reality. You know, life happens, hiccups happen, but it’s hard and that’s something that is still a process for me it’s just learning.
What do you do to alleviate some of the pressure and stress?
Emily: When I come home, I make an effort to turn the phone off, you know, put it on “Do Not Disturb”. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes and I take the time to just sit. Things like, if you want to watch Netflix, go get a reflexology for 30-minutes, or place importance on self-care – it all counts.
Do you find it simple to ‘switch-off’?
Emily: I still struggle with this. It’s a tough one because it’s hard to turn off. When you’re working with so many people, be it a high-demanding client, or important deadline – it’s easy to forget to take the time for yourself. If you’re not taking care of yourself, how can you expect to help anyone else? And I think that’s the main thing that I’ve learned throughout my life. If I overwork myself, I’m not doing any good for the company, to my clients, to my staff and my home-life. I have to take care of myself in order to be able to show up for all of them as well.
How do you identify someone that has a problem with stress and burnout?
Emily: For a woman, in particular, you will find they allow children, work and everything else on the list come before themselves. Eventually, it’s going to hit you. You’re going to hit a wall where you just can’t do it anymore. You’ll find they might use alcohol or prescription substances to just cope or to relax.
How do you help someone dealing with stress and burnout?
Emily: When you come to Istana Jiwa, we help you to learn coping mechanisms, where you can still put yourself first. It’s important to know that doesn’t mean being selfish and saying I’m not going to do this because I need to put myself first, but it just means taking care of yourself. All the programs that we provide, offer holistic treatments, therapeutic sessions, opportunities to explore Bali, which lets you regroup and re-learn new coping skills.
So, How Can Istana Jiwa Help?
What we also provide is distance from the problem in an extraordinary environment, a new perspective and ultimately a complete mental, spiritual and physical reset. Personalised one-to-one holistic therapy is considered to be the most effective treatment for substance abuse, depression, anxiety, stress and burnout.
If you or someone you know would like to know more about Istana Jiwa, what we do, the experience you will have or our treatment approach we can help. Schedule a confidential call with one of our treatment team by Simply clicking here to choose your preferred day and time and we will call you then.
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