24 months: that's the average time expected for a full recovery from burnout. The syndrome is a growing concern around the world.
In the span of these two years, former technology manager Carol Miltersteiner documented her journey through burnout and its side effects (anxiety, depression and stress-related issues). She also reflects on our culture of busyness and how we see productivity.
A unique, honest memoir on chronic stress and mental illness, "My Morning Pages: Chronicles of Living Through Burnout" marks Carol's debut as a writer. The book is a collection of the author's writings following the exercise "Morning Pages", introduced by the multi-talented artist Julia Cameron.
In My Morning Pages, Carol writes about her exhaustion, her overachiever personality and the effects it had in her personal and professional life.
It's a glimpse into one's process of coming from the bottom to the surface and emerging radically different.
Carol's mission with this book is to increase awareness and reduce stigma around burnout, anxiety and depression, and to raise hope that there are better, healthier ways to live our lives.
Writer, author of "My Morning Pages: Chronicles of living through Burnout" and creator of the Global Burnout Awareness Week.
Born in Porto Alegre and living in the Netherlands, Carol speaks, writes and studies mental health in our relationship with work and the power of writing as therapy.
In 2020, Carol released her first book, "My Morning Pages", a collection of chronicles about her experience with anxiety, depression and panic caused by Burnout, the physical and emotional exhaustion caused by excessive stress at work.
The book has already been sold in more than 10 countries, in English and Portuguese.
Her purpose is to increase awareness about mental health at work and Burnout, sharing the cure that exists through the written and spoken word.
Reading 'My morning pages' was a realization of someone else being able to translate a lot of what I lived and felt or still live and feel, for the first time, in a way I did not think was possible. Although I am sure I'll need to re-read some chapters in order to truly internalize some of the ideas, it certainly was a wake-up call, or at least the first step of one, in a very proper moment of my life. The very personal and spontaneous way in which the book is written contributes to establishing a safe environment for people to better understand, accept and deal with over achievement and burnout.
My Morning Pages is a beautifully written, thought provoking account of what it's really like to live with and through burnout. As someone who has experienced burnout personally, I related so deeply with the journey, the self-doubt, the shame and the frustration of it all. And yet there is also hope, personal growth and learning that comes through the journey in a sophisticated way.
The author's writing style is so elegant that it's hard to believe that English is not her first language. There is also profound beauty in the way she presents her thinking and the honesty and vulnerability that is evident throughout.
A highly recommended read for anyone who is stressed, burnt out or in danger of getting there.