About our guest: Shauna Nuckles is the founder of Advocation – a training company & consultancy founded during the pandemic focused on de-stressing creative agencies.
She works with leaders, primarily women, to understand how to cultivate a work environment that fosters both good mental health practices and a high level of success for everyone involved. She was forced into this career when her own health was at stake from working long hours in a high-stress environment, and now she is on a mission to change the way we work.
Shauna’s Story Shauna found herself in a state of burnout in her career, which was the result of a series of events that compounded over time. She had built her career during the Great Recession, a period marked by scarcity in the workplace. To make ends meet, she worked three jobs for several years before eventually focusing on one job in her desired career field. Shauna rose through the ranks in a PR agency and eventually became the second-in-command, overseeing the company under the CEO.
Looking back, Shauna realized that she was in a state of perfectionism, working consistently 14 to 16-hour days every day in an attempt to overperform and please clients, colleagues, and superiors. She pushed herself to the limit and ignored the signs of burnout until her body could no longer take it. She found herself in a doctor’s office, where she was told that if she continued working at this pace, she would be completely burnt out in six months. When she came to the realization that burnout is something that employees and leaders should be able to talk about openly, the work culture changed. She experienced a monumental shift in her mindset and overall health. In this episode of Happy and Healthy Mind with Dr. Rozina, Shauna shared tips on how she was able to: -improve her work performance -strengthen her relationship with family, friends, and colleagues -achieve holistic health Shauna’sTips for Overcoming and Preventing Burnout
Seek clarity: talk to your boss and be clear about what you need to focus on at work. If you’re a leader, communicate effectively what you are expecting from your team. 2. Take stock of how you are feeling by doing daily reflection and journaling 3. Make time for self-care above all else.
“One of the most important lessons I have learned throughout this journey is that we will all find ourselves going back down the path of burnout. And it’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when. And when we’ve done it once, it becomes a lot easier, and it can feel very challenging to have hope and trust when you’re feeling depleted, chaotic, and completely burned out. But we all have resources. We all have community. We all have support and strength within ourselves in order to get from hard to easier. Knowing that burnout is not forever and that it is a feeling that will eventually change and go away is a very empowering thing to remember when we’re in a state that feels the very opposite” -Shauna Nuckles