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Life can feel colourless and overwhelming when you are burnt out

Getting to Know You

So, life is tough right now. You’ve recognised some of the patterns of burnout in yourself and you really do want to do things differently, learn a new way of being that works better for you so life can be easier and more fulfilling. You may have noticed that you are in a cycle where you burn out, take some time to concentrate on yourself more, put yourself first a bit more until you start to feel better only to fall back into your old ways and find yourself sliding, inevitably back down into burn out – and you want to break that cycle for good but you just don’t know how.

Whatever route you have taken to this point, you’re here. You’ve arrived. Now the real work can begin! The work to understand what stories you have learned in your life about how you need to be in order to be loved, accepted and appreciated. The experiences that have shaped your picture of who you are today.


These stories are important – they were your way of making sense of the world and your place in it when you were younger and more vulnerable than perhaps you are today. By uncovering these stories, you can examine them more closely and decide whether or not they remain useful to who you are now. Do they serve you any more or is it time to let them go?

Once you’ve uncovered your stories, examined them all and decided which to keep and which to let go, you can start to see what has been buried beneath them – your true YOU.

When you have (re)acquainted yourself with who you are without the stories and expectations you’ve been carrying around with you all this time, you can rebuild that most crucial relationship – the one with yourself. You can get to know this you: find out what matters to you, what you care most about, what you need, want, crave, what you love to do, what brings you joy, makes you angry, makes you sad.


Then, armed with this new sense of who you are and what matters, you can start to write a new story that you can take forward into the future.

If you choose to work with me, I will be with you through as much of this process as you require, a second pair of eyes, a new perspective, encouraging, challenging and listening as you explore your inner world, make sense of it and start the journey towards understanding and accepting yourself – without the stories – just as you are.

Nancy reading "Authentic". "The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."

Carl Rogers

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