Is burnout reversible?
After a coaching call yesterday I realised I’d broken my record. My client has gone from burnout to their old selves in 4 weeks! That’s right. An executive who 4 weeks ago couldn’t sleep, wasn’t enjoying their work any more and had put in their notice, is now enjoying work again, sleeping well and laughing about how they were feeling at the end of March! And their metrics agree.
You can measure burnout with Heart Rate Variability
And it’s the measurement that tells me and them that things have improved, that it’s worth persisting when life gets in the way. Without measurement, all you have is a feeling.
And when you’re stressed to the point of mental and physical damage, your sense of how you feel is not a reliable measure of anything.
Burnout is reversible in just 4 weeks!
Now when I say I’ve broken my record, I mean them. All I did was get commitment, measure where they are and keep them on track, support here and there, and take away all the reasons that they came up with that might have hindered progress.
My previous record? Around 6 weeks. That’s pretty normal when your client is desperate to change.