Ep9: The Courage to Be Happy
In many ways, growing up is about becoming self-sufficient, and nothing forces you to grow up faster than making major life changes at a young age. Whether you move out of home, make a major decision about your education, or bring a new life into the world, these events often mark the precipice of adulthood…
In many ways, growing up is about becoming self-sufficient, and nothing forces you to grow up faster than making major life changes at a young age.
Whether you move out of home, make a major decision about your education, or bring a new life into the world, these events often mark the precipice of adulthood – and for some, the beginning of a battle with burnout.
Of course, there are always some things we can do to make things easier on ourselves.
Getting regular exercise and meditation, sourcing plenty of inspiration from female role models (and serendipitous magazine entries), knowing when to say no – these things all make a difference…
But ultimately, it’s about taking control and responsibility for your own decisions, and making the changes you need to make for your own health and career – even under the extra pressure of once-in-a-lifetime events like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fortunately for Zenana Rose, she learned how to do all of these things at a young age.
Zenana is a registered nurse, certified lactation consultant, former owner of Zenana Wellness Spa, and host of the YouTube channel “Natural Living With Zenana”.
She’s also a daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother who knows a few things about finding the delicate balance between being fiercely independent and nurturing family values – and when it comes to burnout, she’s got plenty of sage advice to give.
In this episode of the SheBurns podcast, Zenana talks about family values, setting career boundaries, the responsibility that comes with independence, and finding inspiration in the most unexpected places.
So what’s this episode really about?
- The responsibility we feel for other people’s success and how this can push us into burnout
- Realizing that you can have a career and a family
- Going deeper to arrive at a deeper understanding of yourself
- How your upbringing and family values impact the outcomes in your life
Why you should listen
In many cases, burnout is the result of two factors combined: the expectations and boundaries we set for ourselves, and our ability to communicate those things. Things get difficult when we realize that the expectations and boundaries we carry with us are – at least partially – the result of our upbringing, because it means making major, fundamental shifts in the way we think. If you’re ready to get introspective, this episode could be the beginning of that shift for you.
You can quote me on that…
“[I asked myself], ‘What do I want to do with my one and precious life? And I realized I do not want to be exhausted, I didn’t want to be burnt out. I didn’t want all of my time to be focused on the business – sometimes choosing the business even over my family, and oftentimes choosing the business over myself.” – Zenana
“Isn’t it ironic, though, that you had a wellness spa, and you’re crashing and burning… you were trying to get other people to relax and stay healthy, and then you crash and burn yourself.” – Hannah Austin
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