Just 10 years ago, I was also on the brink of burnout.
I was working as a consultant for a corporate psychology firm in Atlanta. It looked glamorous on the outside - I had a 6-figure income along with the bonuses that went along with it, a great client roster, challenging assignments, and frequent first-class luxury travel around North America.
While my job was exciting at first, as the years went by, I started to feel myself becoming more and more stressed.
The exaggerated sense of urgency, constant travel, and company culture that left much to be desired, started to weigh on me. I had no time to take part in any of my hobbies, and self-care was often at the bottom of my list of priorities. As a psychologist, I knew better, but for some reason I didn't do anything about it.
Then the straw that broke the camel's back that acted as a catalyst for change occurred. My four-year relationship with my then-boyfriend (who I had assumed I was going to marry) ended. At that point, I knew that I needed to do something to deal with all of the emotions I was experiencing. I was tired of merely surviving. I wanted to thrive.
So, I started a mindfulness practice. It was something that I had learned about in graduate school, but had never really applied in my own life. To say that the results were positive is an understatement. They revolutionized my life.
I went from someone who was frequently overwhelmed with stress to someone who had the skills to calm myself down.
I went from someone who was self-conscious to someone who was confident and comfortable interacting with whomever I came across.
I went from someone who was afraid of risk and taking a stand for myself to someone who eventually made the leap to self-employment and replaced her income (and then some).
And, I moved on from that relationship, married my husband, and had a beautiful son.
It might sound dramatic, but it's absolutely true. Mindfulness was the key to my happiness.