Burnout lead me to start a new life
By: Pascale Caron (France)
I always believed that I was invincible and that depression, collapse wouldn’t go through me. My aunts, my mother, those “desperate housewives” had all gone down. All that cannot go through me, I studied, I fought for a great job, I played sports more than measure, I have two wonderful children, who will soon finish their studies, a husband of whom I am proud of. I have traveled the world for my work and for fun, too much. I worked a lot tirelessly, too much. I escaped in sport, at night, late, too late.
And one day on August 31, 2017, everything stops: “You will not be part in the management team, anymore, because you are too divisive, too excessive, too much everything…”. Me, whom my colleagues used to call Wonder Woman, suddenly collapsed. It took a month and a half for it to explode: in the meantime, I kept on working.
On October 18, 2017, the verdict felt, burnout, sick leave, dead adrenals, no more battery. It follows 5 months in which the night is a terrible nightmare. Impossible to sleep…
The first person to help me is a coach who practices hypnosis. She allows me to forget and heals my wound. Burnout often happens to passionate people who take their work too seriously. I recognize myself there, I have always put passion into everything I do.
After 3 months, she advises me to negotiate a departure from my business, 27 years of good and loyal service … if I go back there, I risk a second, more serious burnout later. I decide to take the plunge and on January 31, 2018, I end this collaboration which had given me so much joy and ultimately caused my misfortune.
“We have two lives. The second begins when you realize you only have one.” Confucius
And my second life began. It took me 9 months to recover, the time for a rebirth. I had to find a new purpose as work was most of it. I had to detox from my previous job. I have invested into a startup, earned prices in big contests (a battle of startups on a ring in September 2018!), given my time in pro bono actions…
After almost 4 years, I don’t regret anything. I have changed my way of working, practicing Yoga, listening to my body when I feel too stressed. On the work side, I have started by creating a consulting company, but believe me although I know a lot of companies, it’s not so easy to be known.
I had to find a new purpose: I have associated myself with a medical doctor and we have created a Neutraceutrical company in Neurology. We launch our food supplements in January 2022, exactly 4 years after… Our mission is to help people reduce their consumption of neuroleptics…. I keep you posted 😉