Burnout is a pervasive issue in today’s fast-paced and high-pressure society. It refers to a state of mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion resulting from prolonged stress, often related to work or other responsibilities. Sadly, I have personally experienced the toll that burnout can take on an individual’s well-being.
In the past, I was immersed in a demanding job that required long hours and immense energy. Juggling multiple responsibilities, such as dry stock farming, left me with very little time for self-care. Eventually, the constant pressure and deadlines caught up with me, leading to complete burnout.
The effects of burnout were debilitating. I felt exhausted all the time, lacked motivation, and experienced difficulty sleeping. Additionally, I became irritable towards my loved ones, and my mental health suffered significantly. Despite being only 37 years old, my achy bones and persistent fatigue made me feel much older. Realizing that I needed to make a change, I resolved to turn my life around, especially with my upcoming wedding to my beloved partner, Angela.
In September 2022, I made the decision to take a break from my job due to burnout, prioritizing my mental health and overall well-being. During this time, I discovered the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, which proved instrumental in managing my stress and anxiety. I also rekindled my passion for activities I once loved, such as running, cycling, and even joined a kayak club, which provided a great sense of joy and purpose. These positive changes allowed me to regain control over my life.
Throughout this journey, I came to realize that there were countless others struggling with burnout like me. Consequently, I became deeply committed to helping individuals prevent and manage burnout while prioritizing self-care amidst their busy lives.
The idea of Flexitime had been brewing in my mind for quite some time. Having personally experienced the challenges of finding professionals and services that aligned with my hectic schedule, I recognized the need for a more accessible solution. Thus, I launched Flexitime (www.flexitime.ie), a platform designed to assist people in managing their time, stress levels, and avoiding burnout.
At Flexitime, customers can easily book professionals from various industries, including fitness, health, and self-care, for either in-person or online consultations/classes via Zoom. Our extensive range of services encompasses personal trainers, yoga and Pilates instructors, nutritionists, physiotherapists, counselors, meditation guides, career counselors, and much more. The platform grants both customers and professionals the flexibility they require within their demanding schedules. Users can effortlessly search for local services, conveniently selecting a time and date that suits their needs. In case no in-person sessions are available, the option of online Zoom consultations or classes remains accessible. Moreover, professionals can efficiently manage their appointments and bookings, expanding their client base through our platform. Such a comprehensive and easily accessible service is unprecedented in the Irish market.
Starting my own business proved challenging, but the rewards have been immeasurable. Drawing from my personal experience with burnout, I have created a business dedicated to helping others navigate their own burnout journeys.
Of course, there were obstacles along the way. Launching a business naturally entails stress, requiring me to manage my own stress and anxiety while simultaneously advancing the venture. At times, it would have been easier to abandon the idea, but my unwavering determination propelled me forward. By applying techniques like meditation and breathwork, I was able to overcome these challenges and grow my business.
Looking back, I never would have imagined that my experience with burnout would lead me to start a business focused on helping others. But sometimes, the most challenging experiences can also be the most transformative. I am grateful for the journey I have been on, and I hope that my business can continue to help others who are struggling with burnout just like I was.
I hope you take something positive from the website and what we have to offer and I look forward to working closely with you.We hope you enjoy the experience.
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Anthony O Connell