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How I went from busy, tired, burnt out to waking up each morning being my best

Work hard, play hard. It’s easy isn’t it?

Not really, if you’re a busy, successful professional. 

Like you, I was working hard - as an M&A corporate lawyer - to do the best in my career, and balance everything else.

“Looking after myself” somehow found itself in the bottom of a neglected, personal to-do list.

You know what it’s like: waking up feeling groggy, blaming the stresses at work for your mood at home, not sleeping well, relying on caffeine and the vending machine to keep you going, being too busy to eat.

For me, the pressures on my mental health were also building, and I felt a strong sense of overwhelm and needing to escape, but not knowing how or where to!

 

My a-ha! moment

So how and what did I change when I was busy, tired and suffering from burnout so that I could feel my best?

It was 2013, and I signed up for a major swim-run competition, of course!

On the first Monday in September every year, the ÖtillÖ race begins.  It’s a long race.

But it was January, so I began exploring ways to fuel myself.

Standing in front of the ÖtillÖ banner in Sandhamn, Sweden
My dad, my race partner, Tom, and me prepping in Sandhamn the day before the race.

Along the way I had a life-changing revelation: what I was eating was a big cause for how lacklustre I was feeling.

But food was only one part of the puzzle.

So I started to make not just food changes, but lifestyle and behavioural changes as well. Over time they allowed me to take back my health without a prescription or over-the-counter drug in sight, and:

  • wake up each morning “ready to go
  • feel calm and grounded, as well as energised and fuelled for the whole day
  • feel fit and healthy - I didn’t come down with the coughs and colds that regularly spread through the office
  • eliminate my hay fever symptoms and fix my autoimmune skin condition, psoriasis, that had over time failed to respond to hydrocortisone creams

My working hours were still long and busy, but I had resilience to deal with the ups and downs, felt my own sense of balance and wasn’t on the path to burning out any longer.

 

What does this mean for you? Here’s your executive summary

Despite being intelligent beings, we humans have lost touch with how we naturally thrive.

Like bees, our human ancestors evolved to know instinctively what to do every second of every day. After all, humans are really sophisticated biocomputers!

But we’ve both got out of balance with how our evolutionary history has programmed us to live life with health, vitality, and without chronic disease.

That's why I set up Bumblebee Wellbeing to help successful professionals, like you, go from busy to thriving, and avoid burning out - in the way nature intended.

About 85 percent of the risk for disease is environmental, not genetic [1]. So changing our diet, lifestyle and behaviours is the key to good health and preventing disease

Where do you rank in your own personal to-do list?

You know instinctively there’s a cost to leaving the “looking after yourself” at the bottom of your to-do pile.

Being too busy, feeling tired, and experiencing burnout are increasingly common at work. And what you experience at work seeps into life outside of work too!

Do you have a niggling, recurring thought at the back of your mind that you want to make a start and feel better?

How about feeling your best, so that you can focus again on your dreams and goals?

If you want to thrive, despite our modern, industrialised environment, I am here to help you achieve that.

Not sure where to begin? Start here!

"I set up Bumblebee Wellbeing to help successful professionals, like you,
go from busy to thriving, and avoid burning out - in the way nature intended."

Is it time to put YOU at the top of your to-do list?

I am passionate about helping people, like you, find your own path towards health and vitality, so that you can feel good and be your best at work. 

And because work is a large part of your life, being your best at work means you can be your best in the rest of your life, too.

I hope the resources available to you here spark a desire in you to take one small step to thriving!

And when we are at our best, we can put our minds to helping the environment for bees to thrive, too!

Be wise, healthy and well!

Eric

 

[1] https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0154387

“千里之行,始於足下"
"A journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step." Lao Tzu