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Feeling Overwhelmed, Stressed or Burnt-out

By Terrie Berresford
from New Age Naturopathics

Often, we start the week thinking ‘I’m going to make a real effort to get healthy this week’? Then life throws you a couple of curve balls, you end up working late, there’s a social engagement or two and before you know it, you’re back to the start of a new week.

This can cause one to feel overwhelmed, stressed, or even burnt-out. It’s no wonder after all the things that have been happening in the world over the last few years, particularly the global pandemic. Prior to 2020, many of my patients were suffering from overwhelm, stressed out from either work and/or balancing family life. Put these things altogether, it’s no wonder that many were heading down the road to burn-out.

Why is this become the norm?

Unfortunately, today’s fast-paced modern lifestyle doesn’t always allow us to achieve balance and more importantly to prioritise the things we need to do to keep us healthy. Too often, one reaches for quick and easy takeaway or comfort foods and fails to get around to doing regular exercise.

Sometimes we focus too heavily on the things we need to cut out from our diets and lifestyles in order to be healthy when what we really need are small, simple changes that we can implement at a pace our lifestyle and our body can adapt to without having to go through a phase of shock or restriction.

Also, when we have a health problem, we often look for a single cause, but in the majority of cases it is a combination of multiple factors that occur during our lifetime that result in dis-ease in our body. Personally, I believe that one of the main causes of disease and the epidemic of autoimmune conditions is our disconnection with nature and our modern hectic lifestyles.

I totally get it!


Prior to becoming a naturopath, I too was caught up in a hectic lifestyle. It was through my own health crisis whilst working overseas in banking in Tokyo, Japan that I realised there was more to life than money and that Western medicine was not the answer to a long healthy life.

Taking control doesn’t have to be hard!

Unfortunately, when most of us hear the term wellness, we assume that it’s something beyond our reach. Or perhaps we think that wellness is not us — not everyday people just working the daily grind and living busy lives.

Wellness is nothing more than small daily choices that lead up to lifelong, very big changes — that’s it.

Anyone can achieve wellness whether that means you’re a stay at home parent or a full-time working adult, maybe even juggling two jobs just to get by. You don’t have to have a lot of money, time, or even kitchen skills because all of us have access to wellness if we choose to.

Don’t know where to start?

Not knowing where to start is the #1 reason people don’t take their health and wellness seriously, which is why I’ve created a simple but detailed 9-step process, that can help you to achieve wellness in your life. If followed, then you will be well on your way to a healthier and happier YOU.

This process is based on the “Be Blessed” acronym which will encourage you to look at your life and guides you to implement ways in which you can improve your overall health and vitality. I came up with this based on the realisation that although most of us are born with good health MOST of us also take it for granted. I encourage you to be one of those who values the importance of their health. The steps are:

  • B Breathe
  • E Eat Well


  • B Be in the Moment
  • L Love Yourself & Others
  • E Exercise
  • S Stress Less, Sleep More
  • S Supplements
  • E Earthing & Environment
  • D Drink Water/Detox

The Be Blessed blueprint dives deeper into each of these steps, they are simple, achievable for everyone, affordable, and absolutely life-altering when all combined.

Don’t put it off any longer, begin your journey back to improved health. It is time for you to take back control of your health and well-being so you can make your body, mind and soul create the best version of you.

If you are seeking to improve your health, I would encourage you to learn more about each of the 9 simple steps – see details on my website.

“Remember – No one becomes healthy by wishing, making excuses,

or deeming themselves unworthy.”


More about the author

Terrie Berresford
– New Age Naturopathics

Terrie is a naturopath in Sydney who feels privileged to educate and make a difference to what she believes is our most important possession – Our Health. Terrie considers all aspects of her clients - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Terrie is hosting a webinar during Natural Medicine Week on Conquering Overwhelm, Stress & Burn-out, you can secure your spot here.