Are you Running on Empty?
To own inner peace is 'the ultimate possession' longed for by many who run on empty.
As a young female, I had everything money could buy. I was a successful consultant, solving complex business and employee problems for businesses. I felt proud, powerful, and in control of my life. Working 12 to 14 hours a day, though, I had become trapped in a compulsive system of eating, sleeping and working. My success disguised my depleted immune system.
One day was one day too many of my stressful, demanding lifestyle. My facial skin became bright red and raw. Fearfully, I went to a skin cancer doctor, who diagnosed me with Rosacea, an incurable, disfiguring, deforming disease that even could affect my eyesight. I assured him that he had made a mistake, it was un-thinkable that 'my body' would let me down.
I had no ready resources other than the medical profession. This emergency left me feeling helpless with no pre-warning to study alternative medicine. I knew more about the business world than my own body!
No one I knew considered nutrition, exercise and relaxation to be an important part of their lifestyle, or used natural remedies to assist and support their immune system. Instead, I was around people with health insurance policies who turned to doctors for a quick fix if something broke down.
I had grown up near a naturopathic doctor who helped people in extreme pain and suffering to heal quickly. Unfortunately, he was long deceased. From that memory, though, I determined that it was possible for me to heal, and that I stood a better chance if I used holistic methods and drug free natural remedies.
I was progressively getting worse, and by age 42 I looked like I had been in a fire. My face was now covered with boils. I no longer was reading or driving my car. Every layer of skin on my face had stopped breathing, and my face was much like a scar.
I was perplexed, puzzled and confused. Business problems were never incurable, why were my health problems? I had gone to 50 doctors and far more holistic practitioners. I asked the same questions year after year: How does a healthy cell become diseased and reverse? What are the building blocks that create healing? How does my immune system work? Where can I interview people who have healed holistically a major health challenge?
I asked health food stores, libraries and bookstores for books on people who had healed; I wanted to know their secrets. I needed to be reassured that I wasn't alone, that others had found answers and "lived" to tell their stories. I wanted these books to carry with me day and night for inspiration. Businesses had mentors, why couldn't I find a holistic health mentor? Yet I found nothing.
In the seventh year I met a Korean doctor who diagnosed me differently from all the others. The disease, he believed, wasn't just on my face. My natural biological rhythms were no longer in harmony, and my face was a direct reflection of my stressed out organs. He noticed other symptoms of exhaustion, including an internal uncomfortable quiver and knot in my stomach, cold hands and feet, varied body temperature, and shallow breathing with chest pains. My body felt lifeless and frail.
He said I must find peace within at whatever the price. This request sounded easy, but learning to have a quiet mind and body, to accept my face vs. cursing it, and to do only those things that brought me joy were a big stretch. I hadn't experienced peace or happiness for years!
I started emotional therapy, first addressing the fears that had consumed me since my diagnoses, and then going further back into my past. I began to face my work addiction, (workaholic, one who works often while physically exhausted) denying stress and personal needs had become a way of life. My false feeling of worthiness and internal need to always be needed had pushed this addiction forward. I had a compulsion to stay busy and numb out, joy-less serving had caused me to feel angry and resentful at my own behavior. I had served others for years at my own expense until my body as my friend stopped me.
Therapy convinced me that by holding feelings of sadness, silent anger, fear, and tears inside, I would not be able to heal from the disease. Masking my emotions, work addiction, losses, and unhappiness only made my symptoms more severe. By sharing my story over and over and releasing my pent-up emotions and destructive patterns, I started to heal.
A miracle took place. I healed physically in one year with no scars, and my eyesight returned. I felt the shift that took place inside, and positively knew I was not in "remission" as my friendly doctors told me.
It took having a disease for me to reclaim my spirituality, goodness, joy and intuition. My body talks in a language of feelings and sensations separate from my thoughts. I never ignore a headache that might be telling me to rest, drink water, or change something that is making me unhappy. Self-love and acceptance begin with daily nurturing myself and checking in to see how I'm feeling. Asking myself, what do I want and how does 'that' feel? Does 'it' bring me joy and increase my energy? I intuitively choose what will enhance my life and set up boundaries for myself. .
My miracle healing now became my path. It was natural for me to go into the holistic field and write the book I sought in my time of need but could not find.
In the book, I've included many self-help remedies for achieving physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I created a visual scale for myself to "Measure My Joy." Every time I made a decision, I ranked the possible choices from 1-10 on the scale, with one being low energy, stress, resistance, and numbing, and ten being complete happiness, health, and joy. This helps connect to having self-integrity and stop running on empty.
Even with serious, or even life-threatening, diseases, there is much we can do to help ourselves. The more we can release our deep, secret inner pain, grieve losses safely, and let go of negative people, situations and thoughts, the more our bodies respond with healing and health.
Georgie Holbrook, holistic health coach specializes in modern day alchemy helping people transform into their inherent wellness. She helps solve the mystery behind how a healthy person suddenly gets a devastating diagnosis. How childhood abuse or neglect can manifest and disguise later on in life as a physical challenge and can be reversed. How to be enlightened and not frightened when physical changes take place. Georgie connects with varied audiences of all ages through offering natural remedies and inviting solutions that bring positive changes. Author of Joy-Full Holistic Remedies, How to Experience Your Natural Ability to Heal and CDs on healing hidden hurts and how to reclaim your Inherent wellness. See her web site for before and after pictures at www.joy-full.com when you need encouragement and hope.
Determined to Heal - Despite Appearances!
Most of us have been taught to curse our physical symptoms and to get rid of them through surgery, medication, deny or cope with them. Doing this sends messages to ourselves that say "You're not important," or "This organ or breast isn't needed." We tell ourselves we don't have time to feel, grieve or heal naturally. However, if we can see our first symptoms as Inherent messengers we can learn natural remedies to prevent many of our health-related issues. Our bodies tells the truth, we can learn how our emotions manifest as physical challenges and reverse.
Looking in the mirror, I witnessed my own emotional pain as an "physical art form," and as this honest messenger transformed in front of my eyes, I healed from a devastating disease.
By age 37 I felt successful in my new clothes, home and car. I was hired when companies needed help in solving complex business problems, and my normal workday averaged 12 to 14 hours. Then one day it was all over. I was in a specialist's office being diagnosed with rosacea, an "incurable," deforming, disfiguring facial skin disease. Treating myself like an infallible machine had caught up with me.
The disease had no mercy as it continued to worsen for the next six years. I spent all my financial resources going from medical specialists to naturopathic practitioners, in my heart begging to understand how my immune system did healing and repair. I concluded that the body is a natural system, so I chose to avoid medications. Fifty doctors later I was still searching for those same answers. I was determined to prove that the Inherent intelligence within me knew how to heal me, after six years I began to doubt my core belief.
By age 42 my face was a bright, fire engine red, raw and inflamed, and I lanced boils daily. I loss a major part of my eyesight and no longer was able to read or drive. All my dreams of having a good life, leadership, and travel appeared to be over. I realized why people with so much internal pain end their lives or take up addictions.
In the seventh year I met a Korean doctor who diagnosed me differently from all the others. The disease, he believed, wasn't just on my face. My natural biological rhythms were no longer in harmony, and my face was a direct reflection of my being traumatized from emotional fear and stressed filled organs. He noticed other symptoms of exhaustion; including an internal uncomfortable quiver and knot in my stomach, cold hands and feet, varied body temperature, and shallow breathing with chest pains. My body felt lifeless and frail. He said I must find peace within at whatever the price. I hadn't experienced having peace or joy within me for years!
I started emotional therapy, first addressing the fears that had consumed me since my diagnoses, and then going further back into my past. I began to face my work addiction, (workaholic, one who works often while physically exhausted and emotionally empty) denying stress and personal needs had become a way of life. My false feeling of worthiness and internal need to always be needed had pushed this addiction forward. I had a compulsion to stay busy and numb out, serving out of exhaustion had caused me to feel angry and resentful at my own behavior. I had served others for years at my own expense until my body as my friend stopped me.
After one year of sharing my painful story, crying and releasing my pent-up emotions and work addiction patterns with a safe community, a miracle took place and I healed physically without scars and my eye sight returned to normal. For years I had been on a healthy diet and exercise program that also assisted my body in this transformation.
My miracle-healing story became my path. It was natural for me to go into the holistic field and teach people how to heal, prevent physical health challenges, and find greater joy.
Reflections of the "Physical Messenger"
Allergies were my first sign of imbalance before the onset of rosacea. I learned that allergies and sinus problems have a direct link to a toxic colon caused by stress, tension and lack of proper elimination. In reflection, I had adrenal exhaustion, hormone imbalance, toxic liver, yeast and acidic pH condition. The body is a whole unit, therefore my physical imbalance also increased my anxiety, fear, stress, depression, anger and feelings of desperation. All of which led to a seven-year incurable disease as my honest body told my internal story.
I had put my anger, grieving losses and discouragement into endless work projects, even with this disease. Internally I was exhausted, numb, traumatized and functioning on automatic. Those around me never noticed or tried to care for me like a patient, because all of us thought "it was just on my face." What I needed was rest, nurturing and emotional support. I saw myself in an emergency and set up boundaries to reclaim my health and Spirit, knowing healing takes whatever it takes.
I learned self-love and joy are great medicine, so I stopped hating the disease and instead nurtured myself like an abandoned, traumatized child. I refused to be around anything stressful or anyone negative and focused all my energy on self-acceptance and appreciation.
My healing story now has the opportunity to give encouragement and hope to not only the 14 million people today diagnosed with Rosacea, but to others regardless of their situation or circumstances. Believing that "nothing is impossible with God."
Healing begins within when we have peace and harmony internally and externally in our lives. Measuring our joy will give us a direct scale from one to ten of how healthy we are.
How to Work With Your "Physical Messengers"
You, too can dialogue with your body, realizing that emotions manifest as physical symptoms that, once heard, can possibly be reversed. Start by talking to those body parts with love and inquire of their desires and needs. Then take action.
Disease occurs when we lose contact with the body's underlying Intelligence responsible for maintenance, healing, and repair. Unfortunately, the body must, at times, get our attention through "messengers" of pain, illness, and disease. By keeping our agreement with the Sacred within us, we can live joy-filled lives.
Georgie Holbrook, specializes in helping people transform into their Inherent wellness. She examines the human body differently than most. Georgie helps solve the mystery behind how a healthy person suddenly gets a devastating diagnosis. How childhood abuse or neglect can manifest and disguise later on in life as a physical challenge and can be reversed. How to be enlightened and not frightened when physical changes take place. Georgie connects with varied audiences of all ages through offering natural remedies and inviting solutions and positive changes. Author of Joy-Full Holistic Remedies, How to Experience Your Natural Ability to Heal and CDs on healing hidden hurts and how to reclaim your Inherent wellness.
Healing Hidden Hurts
I had hidden hurts, but nobody noticed. At age 42 I had been diagnosed with Rosacea an "incurable," disfiguring, facial skin disease, and more than 50 doctors told me I would never heal. All people saw was my face, and not the workaholic and emotional issues beneath the surface.
As a corporate problem solver, I was unwilling to accept that anything was incurable, especially my face. I liquidated all my assets to fund my holistic course of action. Yet after years of searching my face was even more twisted, raw, and red, and I lanced boils daily. My eyesight weakened to the point I no longer drove or read. As I continued to get worse, I became more doubtful about my search for healing.
In the seventh year I met a Korean doctor who diagnosed me differently from all the others. The disease, he believed, wasn't just on my face. My natural biological rhythms were no longer in harmony, and my face was a direct reflection of my stressed organs. He noticed other symptoms of exhaustion, including an internal uncomfortable quiver and knot in my stomach, cold hands and feet, varied body temperature, and shallow breathing with chest pains. My body felt lifeless and frail.
He said I must find peace within at whatever the price. This request sounded easy, but learning to accept my face vs. cursing it, and to do only those things that brought me joy were a big stretch. I hadn't experienced having a quiet mind and body for years!
I started emotional therapy, first addressing the fears that had consumed me since my diagnosis, and then going further back into my past. I began to face my work addiction. (workaholic, one who has an inability to recognize or admit a destructive behavior) denying stress and personal needs had become a way of life. My false feeling of worthiness and internal need to always be needed had pushed this addiction forward. I had a compulsion to stay busy and numb out, serving out of exhaustion had caused me to feel angry and resentful at my own behavior. I had served others for years at my own expense until my body as my friend stopped me.
Therapy convinced me that by holding feelings of sadness, silent anger, fear, and tears inside, I would not be able to heal from the disease. Masking my emotions and work addiction only made my symptoms more severe. By sharing my story over and over and releasing my pent-up emotions and destructive patterns, I started to heal.
A miracle took place. I healed physically in one year with no scars, and my eyesight returned. I felt the shift that took place inside, and positively knew I was not in "remission" as my friendly doctors told me. I liken it to living with a light bulb that had been turned off and was now, delightfully, turned on. It took me years to heal all my emotional pain from this trauma and feel empowered. Natural healing isn't always easy or fast, but can be rewarding and led me to a whole new purpose and passion.
It took having a disease for me to reclaim my spirituality, goodness, joy and intuition. My body talks in a language of feelings and sensations separate from my thoughts. I never ignore a headache that might be telling me to rest, drink water, or change something that is making me unhappy. Through my own experience, I developed my own way to communicate with my spiritual self through "body dialog," moving from my head knowledge and allowing my honest spirit to give me answers.
If I had been able to do "dialog" with my face, what would I have discovered more quickly? Following is a dialogue that might have taken place:
How does this problem feel inside of you?
It's like a huge lead ball, about 25 pounds, sitting in my stomach. It never goes away.
What in your life has to change in order for you to heal?
I'm not happy with my situation. I'm overworked, and my husband thinks I should continue to work two jobs to support him while he gets his Master's degree, while also cooking, cleaning, and washing. I have lost my joy.
What do you want to change?
I want to create a life of passion and purpose. I want to laugh, dance, sing, feel loved and cherished!
Imagine if God could have spoken through my intuition: "I need for you to stop sacrificing your soul. Anything you accomplish at the expense of your happiness will not be rewarding. Money made from exhaustion instead of love will not stay with you, and you will live in lack." The voice would have proven accurate, as my husband graduated, but then became disillusioned with his career and quit, while I spent all my money on a seven-year disease.
Body awareness can be our intuitive teacher, giving us answers for our diagnoses, pains or stresses. We can become as children, visualizing the issue, organ or pain. Then we can playfully dialogue with it, asking, "What are you trying to tell me? What do I need to do to be with you and comfort you? Is there anything or person in my life causing this discomfort? If I do these things. . . will these issues dissolve into the nothingness from which they came? Create your own questions. Always go with your first thought and override your rambling mind. Sometimes I draw my issues and journal my answers. Having a helper guide my mind while I close my eyes, relax and go inside has been my own personal best choice.
What takes place can happen in one session or many, as the body shifts how we hold this tension and releases it. The body finally is being heard rather than being ignored. Once we get answers, it is important to make and keep promises to ourselves if we hope to see results. Dialoging with our bodies is a way of making our joy and health a priority.
Write Your Story and Heal
The monk, who looked like Santa Claus, offered to pray with me. Four days into a week-long silent retreat, I welcomed the opportunity to talk with someone. Never did I imagine the incredible physical, emotional and spiritual healing that would take place as a result of our conversation. In sharing my story, I invite you to claim this same healing for yourself.
As we talked, I told him how I had been healed from a disfiguring, deforming, "incurable" facial skin disease called rosacea by using natural remedies. He acted as though he didn't hear me! Instead, we had a long conversation about monastery life, and then he went into a long spell of silence.
Just as I was beginning to wonder if "this is all there is," he opened his eyes. With a piercing stare and a deep, authentic tone of voice he said, "God has spoken to me God has not healed you to keep it a secret. You must write a book and share your story."
Surprised, I told him I wasn't a writer, didn't have money to hire a writer and perhaps years from now I would get around to getting it done. He continued to repeat in his kind, godly voice: "God has spoken. You must write your story." I thanked him and immediately dismissed the idea.
Two months later, the unexplainable happened: the arches of both my feet fell. In pain, I told my clients I would be back in two weeks, but never returned. It became obvious that my friendly monk was correct, and beyond my excuses there was an urgency for me to write my story.
First, I wrote every memory I could recall, looking honestly at why I had served others at my own expense until my dear friend, my body, stopped my work addiction with a disease. I wrote day and night for seven months; never had I taken quality time to be with myself in this way.
Meanwhile, as I continued to write, the problem with my feet disappeared into the nothingness from which it came.
An incredible healing was taking place, and like pulling a thread on a tapestry, the more I wrote the more was revealed. Memories poured in, and life started making sense, especially when I started to see what I had been through and how I had healed despite the odds given me by more than 50 doctors.
The result of this writing was the self-help book I had looked for in my time of need but couldn't find: the details of how someone had healed. I remembered how desperate I had been to learn how natural healing takes place, how emotions manifest as physical ailments and how these can be reversed, and how to use my own discernment to direct my decisions. I had longed for a book I could pick up when depressed, fearful, or lonely to help me believe I could heal and find my purpose and joy.
Months later, readers of my book began sending me letters, telling me how the book was helping them. "I know if you could heal so can I," said Silvia from Venezuela. "Thank you for being brave enough to share your experience with all of us," said Judy from Japan.
I now encourage others to write their stories, mainly to help them heal their own lives. Many have miracle healing stories about what God has done in their lives and may have a burning desire to share those stories out of gratitude.
Writing your story will provide great insights about how you carry your past with you as you look at your beliefs, patterns, and joys. This is not about reliving the past; it is about creating a new life. I suggest writing in small increments, because for some of us our stories can feel overwhelming. Allow this to be a gentle learning experience.
As you write, take notice of any painful emotions that reveal themselves, because it is time to stop ignoring and denying them; instead, you can begin to heal and release them. Rewrite your memories over and over, if necessary, and discuss them with a safe friend. By acknowledging all of your story, you support your well-being mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
You may feel called, as I did, to share your story in book form. I named my book Joy-Full Holistic Remedies; this book, along with my healing, is a miracle.
Like the monk who encouraged me, I invite you to write your stories and heal.
Has Your Success Turned to Burnout?
What an exciting life, to be able to do the work we love! Travelling, speaking in front of audiences, and sharing ideas, inspiration, and hope, we show others it's possible to make dreams come true. Our reputations and incomes are growing. Could life get any better than this?
Maybe one day, though, we notice we're feeling frazzled. Perhaps we're feeling heartburn, headaches, and stress, or have become physically ill. Another night in another hotel, eating restaurant food, and suddenly we want to scream! Yet we continue to smile for our audience, pushing through our exhaustion as we pretend nothing's wrong.
Wait a minute, though, we're living our dream. What's happening here? Why are we feeling so terrible when we're feeling so successful?
Even when we're doing the work we love, we can experience burnout, and if we don't listen to the signals of our bodies, we can become physically ill. Even a case of the flu is a signal that our natural biological rhythms are no longer in harmony.
We may think we don't have choices, especially when we're riding the wave of new career success, but we do. The good news is, as successful businesspeople, we already have the tools we need to prevent burnout. All we need is commitment and determination.
When you buy a new piece of business equipment, you will read the manual to learn how to extend its life as much as possible. Our bodies also require care and maintenance to operate properly. Part of being successful in business is investing in our bodies to prevent illness and disease.
If we're overworking, we need to ask ourselves tough questions, as though interviewing a supplier or potential employee. Do we work from a deep need to feel worthy and needed, rather than from the joy of what we do? If so, eventually exhaustion, anger, and resentment will set in. By taking good care of ourselves, we can stay healthy and retain our joy, fun, and excitement. Following are some simple suggestions to keep burnout away:
Space appointments with you in mind. Schedule down time in your planner, and keep that appointment as you would any other.
Avoid popping pills to sleep. Instead, spend time at the end of the workday in stillness and silence. Watching the news will not help you sleep restfully! Quiet time will help your body restore the natural rhythms disrupted by travel.
When travelling, bring pictures of family and friends to create a cozy, warm atmosphere in your hotel room.
Consider packing a bedroll and/or a small pillow. You may want to bring your own soft toilet paper, too!
Sea salts and essential oils are great for the bath. They can be purchased at any health food store and provide relief for aches, pains, and stress.
Schedule a massage, lounge in a jacuzzi, or stroll in nature.
Cranial therapy or other forms of bodywork can take your body on a mini-vacation and improve productivity.
Walk, don't run with fists clenched and jaws strained. Move your body in a relaxed, fluid way.
Learn self-massage to treat discomfort or tension.
When eating, pause to enjoy the experience. Choose fresh fruits and salads whenever possible, and chew your food thoroughly to release tension from your jaws, to encourage proper enzyme intake, and to prevent acid reflux. Remember to drink plenty of pure, filtered water.
Do nothing else while eating. Use this time to refresh and rejuvenate yourself.
Pack healthful snacks, including some aromatic herbal teas, or find a grocery store near your hotel and purchase some "real" food.
Periodically ask yourself, "Am I breathing fully and deeply?" When we're in a hurry, our breath becomes shallow, causing knots in our stomachs and starving our bodies of their basic need for oxygen.
If you think you need pain relievers, cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, or junk food, ask yourself, "What is it I really want?" When we turn to substances to help us get through the day, it's because we aren't fully happy in our hearts. Listen for the answer, and make necessary adjustments to schedules or activities.
Do you need to delegate more? Do you need to hire an additional employee or be more effective in assigning tasks to those you have?
Remember to schedule regular vacations to relax. If someone tries to book you for a speaking engagement for that week, simply say you are already committed. Chances are, they'll want you even more because they'll be impressed with how in demand you are!
Our bodies speak in a language of feelings and sensations separate from our thoughts. Headaches might be telling us to rest, drink water, or change something that is making us unhappy. Sinus problems may indicate we are stuffing our emotions. Weak eyesight may be a sign of unhappiness about what we see in our lifestyles, or perhaps we are spending too much time in front of the computer or television.
In our rush for success, has self-worth or spirituality gotten lost in the shuffle? Take the time to find peace, at whatever the price. That may mean a daily meditation, or, if necessary, emotional therapy to release pent-up emotions.
Keeping vitality, passion, and creativity alive can improve our health as well. Even the most rewarding work can feel dull if we don't nurture that spark within us. When faced with a decision, try using the "Measure Your Joy" scale. Look at your choices and rate your feelings about them from a scale of 1-10, with 1 being low energy, stress, resistance, and numbing, and 10 being complete happiness, health, and joy. This helps us connect with self-integrity and boundaries.
Disease occurs when we lose contact with the body's underlying intelligence responsible for maintenance, healing, and repair. Unfortunately, the body must, at times, get our attention through pain, illness, and disease. By breaking our agreement with the body, which is sacred, we become ill and empty.
Healthy lifestyles are possible. They begin as we make the choice to nurture ourselves within so we don't go without.
Serving Others at Your Own Expense
Serving others at your own expense is a sign of loyalty, obligation, co-dependency, service and financial security. For the overachiever, work addiction often goes unnoticed by top management or family members. A standard is set in which overachievement is expected and even encouraged by others such as employers, family members and even volunteer associations.
Most people take pride in their daily work and when the "rush for success, being needed or crisis" is factored in, it becomes the ultimate test of an ability to produce results and to withstand extreme stress. The human body has a built in incredible fight or flight response. Much like buildings have fire alarms, both are intended for rare occasions. The workaholic continually "burns-out" this system with the thrill of being dedicated even hand picked for the next assignment or crisis. Getting any type of praise or even lavishly compensated, the person's internal need to always be needed now pushes this addiction forward.
To overwork on whatever "it" is, is a temptation that cannot be rationalized against the importance of health or relationships with loved ones. Because in business most everyone has financial obligations that increase at the same pace as the rate of success, it's often not a choice.
Work addictive behavior is a false feeling of worthiness that often ends in empty devastation when the workaholic becomes unemployed or diagnosed with a disease. A person that has a compulsion to stay busy finds it almost impossible to relax or indulge in the luxury of having a quiet mind and body.
For an individual, family or corporation, the ultimate definition of "success" should be that we live in healthy, happy bodies. In the long run, it benefits everyone in terms of morale, reduction of sick leave and lower health insurance premiums. But this type of attitude must be embraced. Everyone can start leading by example. Individuals and companies can get involved in training seminars and education classes that teach how to live healthier more balanced lifestyles at home and in the office.
Solving health challenges brought about by stress is much like solving any business problem. First, identify the problem and people involved. If it happens to be a work addiction, admit the fact that it has gotten out of control. Ask and receive outside help if needed. Look at eliminating clutter and lessen the perfectionism standards, which go hand-in-hand with the numbing effect of the workaholic. Make a goal of having people experiencing peace within at whatever price it takes, which may mean reassigning and cross training family members and/or employees. Start in a combination of physical and emotional therapies. Start exercise programs. Start with making small changes over a period of time. If the program fails for some, invite them to start over tomorrow.
The main cause behind burn-outs and break downs are pent-up emotions, such as anger and stress that has manifested itself as physical symptoms. Our society tends to drug the symptoms, but if the cause had been recognized and released many times the physical problems will take care of themselves.
We have a biological system at the cell level with rhythms for healing, repair and maintenance that consistently keep us healthy. Regular scheduled sleeping and eating patterns compliment this system. Headaches are generally caused from needing water, lack of deep breathing and not enough breaks. The cause can also be toxic smells, loud noise, lack of fresh air, vision strain or stressful situations. Doing projects we don't enjoy can manifest in headaches and mild to extreme health challenges.
Start teaching yourself to notice, by scanning your body, to get a sense of any discomfort, pain or tension. If you find some tense spots, make a choice to stop, take deliberate steps to relax, breath deeply and take a break. It is amazing what a few minutes of self-care can do. The key to health and happiness is recognizing what brings you joy. Observing your own body language will give you clues when you start observing what depletes your energy and choosing what brings you joy.