Feb 17th, 2022
Annika is a former HR Manager and special needs mom, who has recovered from burnout and anxiety twice in the last 5 years. Prior to her bouts with burnout, she was a proud Type A superwoman who felt at ease with (and actually anticipated) achieving high levels of success in everything she did, school, work and life. That was until her child was born 11 weeks early and her stress addiction nearly obliterated everything (she thought) she valued.
The weeks following the brith of her son, she and her husband slipped into survival mode, doing everything that needed to be done. Those months of traveling back and forth to the hospital, waiting by the phone with baited breath, worrying about every complication and relying on others to care for her son, led her down a path of guilt, shame and postpartum PTSD. The confidence she once had in her ability to handle everything was eroding. She no longer trusted her body as, in her opinion, it clearly had failed to do what it was designed to do. And as the consummate fixer of problems, she decided to “fix” herself.
But when she returned to work after parental leave her Type A habits kicked back in and she doubled up on work. She needed to feel like she had control of something in her life and taking a new position allowed her to escape her life and the guilt she felt for “ruining” the lives of those she loved the most. The years that followed filled with doubt and fear, reinforcing a new belief that she would never be successful again.
This undercurrent of uncertainty and insecurity began to manifest in her body with unexplained pain, confusion and lethargy. As someone who relied on knowing all the answers and making everything work, this lack of understanding sent her spiralling into despair and into the pit of burnout.
After an ear infection, food poisoning and months of prolonged malaise she experienced total incapacitation. It was the final straw in her burnout journey and from there she finally began to take the steps to release herself from her stress addiction.
Now years later, after working with a myriad of professionals and exploring wellness in a whole new way, she helps women as a Sleep and Health Coach so they too can avoid burnout by getting their energy and sleep back.
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