“Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength”.

Author of best-selling book Go From Stressed To Strong, Laurie is a campaign catalyst, a policy expert and a media commentator whose advice on work stress and related coping strategies resonate strongly with my journey as a digital entrepreneur. A former legislative aide in Florida, Laurie worked with Barack Obama on his first campaign and saw first-hand the work stress suffered by many within political, but also business circles. Her unique insight into such a high-powered environment shows that on any level, the only way to success is to take proper care of yourself.

Some questions I ask:

  • What does burnout look like and is it different to being a workaholic?
  • Is burnout more relevant in the 21st century, as perhaps a symptom of modern society?
  • Are high-performing women more susceptible to it?
  • What does self-care mean to you?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The five key points to good self-care: eating and sleeping well; exercising every day; good time and stress management
  • Defining the symptoms of burnout such as developing autoimmune disease and depression
  • Coping mechanisms from people in high-stress jobs including an Iraqi war veteran, the deputy head of NASA and a Michelin-starred chef
  • Not letting shame or guilt you feel today, affect you tomorrow

Laurie’s Three Gems:

  • Surround yourself with amazing mentors, people you trust and who are in the field in which you aspire to be
  • Be constantly learning and educating yourself
  • Trust yourself and trust your gut (9 times out of 10 you’ll be right to)

Also mentioned on this show:

  • Barack Obama
  • The Pentagon
  • Caroline Kennedy
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • NASA

Connect with Laurie:

Website and blog: www.laurieawatkins.com

Instagram: @laurieawatkins

LinkedIn: Laurie A Watkins

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