The gift of a burnout 
Written by Griet Johanna Vandenhouweele on Jan. 15th 2019
Why is burnout a gift?

“As a Sales Representative, I have to take into account my sleep. It is directly related to how I much sell.” You can look at this statement it the “negative” way. Whaaaaat? Do organizations only care about my health because then I am more productive? Yes and no.

Any work agreement is a business agreement to deliver each other a pre-defined number of services. In that agreement, each co-worker is responsible for his/her own health. Off course as an organization you are responsible to be ethical, to create an awesome work environment to attract the best professionals. But in the end, all is about helping each other in the business agreements.
 And hey…if you’re work environment isn’t soothing, you just quit and find another job.

Having companies offering Corporate Wellness is awesome. It doesn’t just help YOU to create healthy habits, it’s also a topic of conversation, an energy boost, a full vibration that is lifted in the whole organization environment! Yes. It will take the effort of yourself, to learn about what gives and takes YOUR energy. Nobody can do that for you. By doing it in your work environment, it WILL affect YOUR whole life. All your relationships will transform, including your relationship with money.”

So let’s dig in it:

When was the last time you felt: Truly excited? So alive your whole body was smiling?
Full of energy. Overflowing of love from your heart

How FULL is your “container” of energy? Sit for about 5 minutes… Write down all the thoughts that come up… Next to each thought, put a “+” or a “-” whether this thought GIVES or TAKES your energy. Make the balance. How are you doing? Are most of your thoughts and topics giving you energy? Or do you mostly see deadlines, social obligations, household chores that create anxiety…?

Stay sitting… Go back to when you were a kid… Visualize… What gave you energy, excitement, joy… Feeling that feeling as if you are there right now…

This is energy. This is your inner drive. This feeling is what you want to be looking for all day long.

Today I will not give you this checklist and self-test to see if you are almost in burnout are not…
Because to be honest… Most of the professionals just like you are draining energy… And this is exactly where we are supposed to be.

We are ready for the next step. We are entering a new era where we can be grateful for all foundations that have been built the past 100 years…

But now it’s time to fill it.

And what does Corporate Wellness have to do with it?
Very simple: every preventive ACTION someone AT WORK that is taking to be healthy and productive.

Burnout is a gift as it's your body very clearly asking you to go back. To go back to where you were as a kid. To go back to that inner drive, excitement, and fulfillment. To go back to your true YOU.


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Griet Johanna


Griet Johanna helps companies focus to create healthy and productive corporate cultures. She is an expert at helping companies get business results using effective corporate wellness and making things super simple to understand.
If you're interested in supporting your company to create a healthy corporate culture or scale it to involve all offices and countries to get vibrant healthy cultures then definitely reach out and request a free strategy session today.
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