Burnout to Brilliance Media Kit
Author Bio & Contact Info
Jayne Morris is the author of Burnout to Brilliance: Strategies for Sustainable Success (Changemaker Books, Spring 2015). She is resident life coach expert for NHS Online Health Sector, contributor to The Huffington Post and has been featured in leading publications including The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Red, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Fitness and many more. A popular speaker, workshop leader, radio and TV personality, Jayne has presented and been interviewed on a variety of topics relating to stress management. She travels regularly to work with private and corporate clients worldwide. Jayne resides with her husband and two daughters near London, UK.
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Jayne Morris is the author of Burnout to Brilliance: Strategies for Sustainable Success (Changemaker Books, Friday 27th March 2015). She is resident life coach expert for NHS Online Health Sector, contributor to The Huffington Post and has been featured in leading publications. Jayne is a popular international speaker, workshop leader, radio and TV personality. To find out more visit: www.jaynemorris.com
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CHANGEMAKERS BOOKS ANNOUNCES PUBLICATION OF
BURNOUT TO BRILLIANCE: STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS
BY JAYNE MORRIS
with a foreword by
Editor-in-Chief & Global Editorial Director for Huffington Post
We are fast turning from a race of human “beings” into human “doings.” Overwhelmed by the fast-paced and technologically demanding world in which we live, we routinely run on reserves and force ourselves to accept that constantly feeling tired is all part and parcel of living a busy and “connected” life. When the warning signs of an impending burnout are ignored, the outcome can be fatal. – Jayne Morris
Burnout has become a global epidemic. According to a new YouGov survey commissioned by Virgin, over half (51%) of employees said they have experienced anxiety or ‘burnout’ in their current job. Our quality of health and life suffers as we increasingly become prone to its devastating effects. It’s time to take a journey of self-discovery and awaken to a brilliantly renewed life.
–MICHAEL HEPPELL, the UK’s Number One Motivational Speaker
Internationally known for her work in helping clients overcome burnout, Jayne Morris shares the tools, exercises and techniques she has used to help thousands of people:
- Identify the signs and symptoms of burnout
- Recover energy and enthusiasm
- Regain power, passion and purpose
- Develop strategies for sustainable success
A must read! This book is a valuable contribution, filled with vital information and tactics for a stress free working life.
–DR CLARE GERADA, Immediate Past Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners and Chair of NHS London Clinical Board for Transforming Primary Care
If you want a life that feels vital, alive, and aligned with your dreams, meet Jayne Morris. In Burnout to Brilliance, she clearly shows the way.
–MARCI SHIMOFF, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason, Love For No Reason, and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
Jayne is resident life coach expert for NHS Online Health Sector, contributor to The Huffington Post and has been featured in leading publications including The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Red, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Fitness and many more. A popular speaker, workshop leader, radio and TV personality, Jayne has presented and been interviewed on a variety of topics relating to stress management. She travels regularly to work with private and corporate clients worldwide. Jayne resides with her husband and two daughters near London, UK.
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Burnout to Brilliance: Strategies for Sustainable Success
I witnessed Jayne Morris deliver a motivational speech from the stage to a large audience. She is brilliant! —Suze Orman, internationally acclaimed personal finance expert, host of CNBC’s The Suze Orman Show, New York Times bestselling author of seven consecutive books and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today.
“I used to be addicted to busyness. I could not sit still for longer than five minutes without feeling the urgent need to be doing something productive. There was always something drawing my attention that needed ‘doing.’ I was unaware that I had made busyness the purpose of my life. In all of my busyness I forgot to look after myself.”—from Burnout To Brilliance
We are fast turning from a race of human “beings” into human “doings,” says Jayne Morris, author of the forthcoming book Burnout to Brilliance.
Overwhelmed by the fast-paced and technologically demanding world in which we live, we routinely run on reserves and force ourselves to accept that constantly feeling tired is all part and parcel of living a busy and “connected” life. As a result, she maintains, our quality of life and our health is suffering.
As a young, aspiring professional on a fast-track career in broadcast journalism, Morris began to exhibit classic symptoms of overwork and exhaustion herself. One day, she realised that if she continued to ignore warning signs and symptoms of the illnesses she was experiencing, the outcome could be catastrophic.
When the signs and symptoms of stress go beyond inconvenient headaches, disturbed sleep or difficulty concentrating, it’s time to commit to making change. Morris transformed her own impending burnout into an opportunity to harness her full potential as a speaker and coach, encouraging and supporting others to transform their lives by learning how to trust our inherent intuition and the wisdom of our bodies.
In Burnout to Brilliance, Jayne Morris offers an alternative that has transformed the lives of countless people she’s helped to address burnout, overcome limitations and wake up to the gift of their lives as a journey for self-discovery, self-care and deep fulfillment.
Drawing upon her wisdom and experience, Morris coaches readers how to effectively:
- Identify the signs and symptoms of burnout
- Recover energy and enthusiasm
- Regain power, passion and purpose
- Develop strategies for sustainable success
In a voice that is supportive, reassuring and readily accessible, Morris offers tools, exercises and techniques to help readers move forward with a calm confidence in overcoming burnout as well as successfully navigate future challenges—all with a steadfast commitment to creating a life of brilliance and satisfaction.
‘This book could save your life. Burnout to Brilliance will give you the reason, the thinking and the tools to enhance your life. It’s informative, easy to read and packed with ideas from an author who’s been there, done it and proudly wears the T-Shirt.’ Michael Heppell, Best Selling Author, No.1 Speaker and Success Coach
‘This book clearly shows the way to Brilliance. When we’re overwhelmed by the busy-ness of everyday life, it’s easy to feel disconnected from our innate happiness, brilliance, and love. The result: depletion or burn out. If you want a life that feels vital, alive, and aligned with your dreams, meet Jayne Morris. In Burnout to Brilliance, she clearly shows the way.’ Marci Shimoff, professional speaker and New York Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason, Love For No Reason, and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
‘A must read! Burnout is endemic in the NHS and other public services, and it is important that ways are found to reduce it. This book is a valuable contribution, filled with vital information and tactics for a stress free working life.‘ Dr. Clare Gerada, Immediate Past Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners
‘What a great book to deal with the “do it all” culture! Jayne let’s us know that doing it all comes with a hefty price.’ Michelle Gayle, actress, writer, and singer. A Brit Award nominee and regular occupant of the Top 20 chart hits and one of the most successful soap stars turned pop stars of the ’90s.
‘In Burnout to Brilliance, Jayne Morris elegantly shares how change is possible, balance is attainable and your passion for life can be restored. In a voice that is resonate with hope and gentle encouragement, this book will help you rediscover your passion that leads you on to the path of your destiny.’ Janet Bray Attwood, New York Times Bestselling co-author of The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose
‘I believe the connection between mind and body is close, powerful, and offers a valuable tool in taking control of your life and ambitions. With a rare sense clarity and compassion, Burnout to Brilliance explores that connection through teachings and stories that illuminate, inspire and are genuinely accessible. Thank you, Jayne Morris, for sharing your voice and experience with the world.’ Dr. David R. Hamilton, Ph.D., scientist, motivational speaker and author of How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body and Is Your Life Mapped Out?
As someone who experiences stress nightmares when I’m run down and overly tired — and as one who firmly believes the architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of repair and renovation—I’m always grateful to hear a reassuring voice from someone who not only shares the experience but embodies a path to renewal and recovery.
Jayne Morris lived the fast-paced and fast-tracked life that sadly has become the rule rather than the exception for many today. We wear our busyness with a false sense of pride, complaining to others about never having enough time, yet inwardly proclaiming our chaotic lives as an indicator of our self-worth and success. As a result, burnout, stress and depression have become worldwide epidemics.
“We are fast turning from a race of human ‘beings’ into human ‘doings,’” Jayne wisely notes. Overwhelmed by the fast-paced and technologically demanding world in which we live, she says, we routinely run on reserves and force ourselves to accept that constantly feeling tired is all part and parcel of living a busy and “connected” life.
I couldn’t agree with her more. We relentlessly push and press forward, eventually hitting the proverbial wall. The price we are paying for this way of thinking and living is far too high and unsustainable.
The founder of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, relays her burnout story in her latest book, Thrive. She states that if you’re lucky, you have a “final straw” moment before it’s too late. Arianna’s arrived in the spring of 2007, when she literally collapsed from exhaustion and lack of sleep onto the floor of her home office and found herself in a pool of blood from a head injury.
Ironically, Jayne’s final straw came that same year, when she began to develop repetitive strain injury in her hands, wrists and arms, perspiring so heavily that she had to change clothes three times each day. She subsequently developed post viral fatigue and labyrinthitis, and was bedridden for six months.
Arianna’s personal “wake-up” call prompted a period of deep reflection, reevaluation, and ultimately, renewal as she reexamined her assumptions about work, the definition of success, personal priorities and what constitutes a meaningful and rewarding life.
Thankfully, Jayne’s did as well. “Despite being exhausted physically and emotionally from burnout, as I slowly began to recover, I experienced something of an awakening,” she writes. “In pushing myself to the limits, I suddenly realized that I could go no further unless I found a way to turn everything around. I connected with an internal longing to do so much more with my life, fuelled by the energy of creativity and inspiration.”
Marie Asberg, professor that the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, describes burnout as an “exhaustion funnel” we slip down as we give up things we don’t think are important. We all know the feeling. Overwork becomes a way of life, leaving us continuously feeling exhausted and depleted. Somewhere in the back of our minds, however, we realize that one by one, the moments in life that truly matter are passing us by.
Jayne began to re-examine her life and the passions that had fueled her work and interests over the years. As she reflected on key life experiences, previous challenges she had overcome, and the natural talents and the skills she had developed along the way, the pieces slowly began to fall into place. She ultimately was able to open to her true calling and purpose in life.
The editorial philosophy behind HuffPost’s twenty-six Lifestyle sections is based on four pillars referred to as the Third Metric. We’re all familiar with the primary metrics and measures of success in our society: money and power. However, to live the lives we truly want and deserve—and not just the lives we settle for—we need a Third Metric, a third measure of success that goes beyond the two metrics of money and power, and consists of four pillars: well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving.
These four pillars allow us to connect with innate desire to engage with others and inhabit a new definition of a successful life. HuffPost’s Lifestyle sections promote the ways that we can take care of ourselves and lead balanced, centered lives while making a positive difference in the world. We have a wide array of talented and gifted writes and authors who contribute to these sections. Not surprisingly, Jayne Morris is one of them.
Well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. Burnout to Brilliance embodies the essence of the fourth pillar of the Third Metric as a manifestation of the transformative power of sharing one’s experience and wisdom with the world.
In Thrive, Arianna tells readers that one of her favorite phrases is solvitur ambulando—“It is solved by walking.” It refers to the fourth-century-BC Greek philosopher Diogenes’s response to the question of whether motion is real. To answer, he got up and walked.
As it turns out, there are many problems for which walking is the solution. In our culture of overwork, burnout, and exhaustion, how to we tap into our creativity, our wisdom, our capacity for wonder? Solvitur ambulando.
I encourage you to walk with Jayne Morris through the pages of this book as she guides us toward a life of brilliance.
Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post UK & Global Editorial Director for HuffPost Lifestyle
Foreword by Carla Buzasi
Part 1 Discovery
Identifying Signs and Symptoms
Part 2 Recovery
Recovering Your Energy
Part 3 Brilliance
Writing a New Script
Sample Author Q & A
Congratulations on the publication of your first book, Jayne. Will you share with us what compelled you to write it?
When the warning signs and symptoms of an impending burnout are ignored, the outcome can be fatal. Running on reserves for too long can result in the onset of a heart attack or stroke. I spent 6 months bedridden as a result of burnout and feel fortunate to have escaped a fate more catastrophic. Death by overwork is not a myth, but a real risk. While I was working in Japan I discovered they even have a word for it – ‘Karoshi’.
I wanted to write a book to address this global issue by inspiring people to challenge the onset of burnout in their own lives and in their workplace.
How did you come up with the title?
Burnout can bring many things in peoples lives to an abrupt stop. Health. Relationships. Career. Finances. It is therefore often viewed as a curse. Yet, in pressing pause we are actually given the opportunity to take stock on our lives and open ourselves to the possibility of profound personal change.
For myself and many of my clients, burnout has brought many blessings because once the root cause of our derailment is understood and overcome, we can prioritise self-care, reconnect with our passions, fulfill our true potential and live a life of brilliance.
Hence the title – burnout to brilliance.
Whom do you envision your audience and readership to be?
Anyone feeling overwhelmed by the fast-paced and technologically demanding world in which we live. Those finding that they routinely run on reserves and force themselves to accept that constantly feeling tired is all part and parcel of living a busy and “connected” life. Those noticing that the quality of their life and health has started to suffer with the signs and symptoms of stress going beyond inconvenient headaches, disturbed sleep or difficulty concentrating. And finally, those who feel it’s time to commit to making a change.
How many people are affected by burnout?
According to a recent study conducted by Robert Half UK, HR directors at leading British Companies believe 30% of workers suffer from burnout. It is not just an issue in the UK, statistics are similar in the USA, China and Japan, making it a global cause for concern.
Burnout has become an unsustainable framework upon which we are subconsciously building the future of both public and private sector organisations.
Is burnout something that can affect anyone?
Yes, burnout is the result of various factors cumulating in prolonged stress and poor lifestyle choices that lead to severe depletion of the autoimmune system and adrenal glands. It is not unique to one type of personality or profession, but in all burnout cases many common underlying factors can be found. Burnout as a phenomenon is increasingly affecting people from various backgrounds.
Does everyone burn out in the same way?
No, each burnout experience is unique to the individual. Some people completely crash, while others repeat patterns of chronic self-destruction throughout the course of their life, continuously feeling run-down yet never actually reaching breaking point.
Is it possible to truly recover from burnout?
Absolutely. The mind and body connection is extremely powerful. By identifying the root cause belief underlying our burnout behaviours we can completely turn around our health and wellbeing. Doing this positively impacts each and every area of our lives.
Having experienced and recovered from burnout myself, as well as coaching hundreds of people around the world to transform their lives from burnout to brilliance, I believe it is truly possible to recover from burnout.
I have developed a unique three stage system which I present in my book so that it can be easily accessed by all.
Can you tell us a little more about your 3 stage system and how the book can help people recover from burnout?
This book is divided into three distinct sections: Discovery, Recovery and Brilliance.
The Discovery section helps the reader to identify the signs and symptoms of burnout and uncover limiting beliefs.
In the Recovery section there are several exercises that guide the reader to explore the impact that burnout is having on each area of their life. This section teaches the ways in which it is possible to tap into phenomenal personal learning and access transformational change.
The final section of the book, Brilliance shows the reader how to connect with a new vision for their future and develop the tools needed to stay on track for sustainable success.
What was the journey of writing Burnout to Brilliance like?
It took me a year to write the book. My best thinking time has always been first thing in the morning, so I woke every day at 5am and spent the first few waking hours writing. I found the whole process an energising way to begin each day. Seeing the book gradually taking shape with each chapter I wrote was very satisfying and now it is complete I can’t wait to share it.
Who are your writing mentors, whose books do you admire?
- Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In which powerfully addresses the issue of women and leadership.
- Dr David Hamilton, best selling author of several books that use science to explain the incredible mind and body connection.
Can you share a little of your personal burnout story with us?
Six years ago my body started to shut down due to years spent overworking and overcommitting myself in every area of my life. As a result I spent six months bedridden with labyrinthitis (extreme dizziness) and adrenal exhaustion. Barely able to lift my head from my pillow, I had plenty of time to reflect on the internal beliefs and external circumstances that had led to my burnout. It was the reality check that I needed in order to completely change the unsustainable way I was living my life.
How did you recover?
I went away on a three-day course to help me gain some inner direction and uncover the root cause of my exhaustion.
For the first time in my life I paused my thoughts for long enough to pay attention to what my body wanted to communicate. I connected with what I can only describe as a ‘deep inner wisdom’.
That decision to listen changed my life.
It was as if my body was talking to me and explaining that it had shut down because it could no longer trust my mind to look after it. In order to recover, my mind had to promise my body that it would continue to listen.
I decided to make that promise and make self-care a priority in my life.
By the end of the course, I felt ready to start my journey of self-discovery: a journey to find a different way to live my life. I instinctively knew I could not fix things with the same mindset that created the problem.
Burnout became an opportunity to rediscover and reinvent myself.
I allowed myself to open to the possibility of profound personal change and deep inner healing. As a result, energy and enthusiasm quickly returned to my body.
I was no longer bed bound.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I would like to reassure those feeling disheartened, disconnected and disillusioned due to their experience of burnout that there is a way through the fog of fatigue and that a life fuelled by energy and enthusiasm is truly possible for all.
What do you say to those who claim to be too busy to read this book?
Pick it up, it might just save your life.