Burnout and The Lightning Process
Burnout. It can and does happen more than you’d think. In fact over 50% of people have faced burnout at some stage of their lives.
In this article Lauren Stoney, founder of Lauren Stoney Lifecrafting, and member of The Midlife Hub shares her own personal story of burnout and what the Lightning Process® meant for her.
Would you be surprised if I told you that over 50% of people have faced burnout at some point in their life? And this number is most likely growing. I was one of the lucky ones. I went through the motions of burnout, and now I’m out the other side.
But it was touch and go for a while there, and if I hadn’t of been nudged into the Lightning Process by a friend, I don’t think I would be here now, sharing my experience and the Lightning Process, with all my clients.
If you’re worried about your own burnout, you might be wondering – does this relate to me? Is this something that might be able to help me and my health? So before I share more on the Lightning Process, let me tell you about my backstory. You can then decide for yourself…
The reality of burnout.
For two years prior to taking that leap of faith and doing the Lightning process, I had been battling with reoccurring symptoms that no medical professional had been able to pinpoint.
Endless visits to the doctor, a multitude of tried and tested restriction diets. Therapy and more therapy became my world. You name it, I had done it. And every time I thought I was seeing some kind of success, a crash of the finest kind occurred soon after.
In the years leading up to this sorry state of affairs, I was experiencing a huge amount of stress in various aspects of my life. And it was heading to Burnout. Burnout of the highest degree.
As the burnout crept up on me I had no idea it was happening. But when faced with a final diagnosis – confusion fear, and hopelessness became my world.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, and told it would need lifelong treatment. By this point, I had near-enough given up. I felt so unwell, I had been signed off work, and I was becoming increasingly housebound. Insomnia, fatigue, brain fog, paraesthesia, uncharacteristic irritability and a whole slew of other lovely symptoms were infiltrating my life.
It was only then that I decided to do the Lightning Process. In my mind, a last ditch attempt to get my life back.
Turning burnout around.
Despite the ongoing nudges of a good friend to ‘just do it’ I had resisted for a while as I didn’t really believe it would help me. A lot of the testimonials I had read, were about cases of ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In my mind, my situation was something altogether different.
But when it came to be a case of giving it one last shot vs just taking the damn medication, which I was told could be lifelong, I decided to try the Lightning Process. Oh hello Life. There you are…Anddddd…I’m back.
Introducing the Lightning Process.
The Lightning Process has been used for over 25,000 people across the globe and while, like many alternative approaches out there, it is hard to monitor the exact figures, I can honestly tell you I personally haven’t come across anything else that has helped people turn things around so effectively.
So, that begs the question – “What IS the Lightning Process?” A lot of my clients have commented before they started the programme that they were sceptical about it because they weren’t clear on a) what it actually was or b) how it worked. So let me do my best to explain.
What IS the Lightning Process?
The Lightning Process® is a 3-day neuro-physiological training programme. It uses key principles of neuroplasticity, osteopathy, and psychology, as well as other approaches, to teach you specific exercises that can influence your physical health.
The course itself is held over three half days, during which, you are trained on:
- The psychology of neurology (how your thoughts influence your neurological health)
- The role that neurology plays in illness (both physical and mental illness)
- The physiological emergency response
- Restoration of homeostasis (the regulation of conditions in your body i.e. temperature)
- How you can change the way in which your neurological pathways are activated
- What you need to do to turn your health around for the better
You’re then given a very specific self-coaching process. What you learn can then be put into practice every time you experience or negative feelings, thoughts or symptoms.
This process is used to disrupt poor neurology; to switch off what is known as the Sympathetic Nervous System Response and develop a healthy neurological function in its place.
The more you put this into practice, the more this healthy neurological function becomes automated, through the process of neuroplasticity.
Can the mind really influence the body?
If this all seems a bit ‘out there’, there are a couple of things to consider. The placebo effect is one of them.
The other thing, involves a little practical exercise. Think really hard about something major that has happened in your life. It could be bad, it could be good. Think about it really hard. Notice how it makes you feel.
Chances are you’re triggering the original feelings that occurred at the time of the event itself. That’s the mind-body connection, right there.
Thoughts trigger the release of chemicals in the form of neurotransmitters and hormones, which subsequently trigger emotions and a very real, and very physical feeling in the body. Do this enough times and you can train your body to respond in that way without even thinking those thoughts in the first place. This is also known as neuroplasticity.
What’s your reality?
So there you have it, burnout and ongoing health issues don’t have to be a lifelong reality for you. You CAN turn it around. If, like me, you’ve tried what feels like everything else, then maybe it’s time you, as singer-songwriter Jake Bugg would say, jump on that Lightning Bolt.
More about Lauren Stoney LifeCrafting.
Lauren Stoney, founder of Lauren Stoney LifeCrafting helps her clients to get their oomph back. She passionately believe in a world where individuals can pursue their dreams, free from burnout and stress-triggered chronic issues. And is on a mission to help driven individuals move from exhaustion, struggle and illness to health, empowerment and success.
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