Meet Our Mobile Franchisee

Say hello to Emanuel Obreja!

Essex based Emanuel has been with Get A Drip Franchise since February 2021. We chatted to him about the challenge of setting up a business during lockdown and what he enjoys most about being a franchisee.

Emanuel, tell us about your professional background

I was born in Romania and I came to England in 2013. I am from a medical background and after graduating from Nursing School I started my professional experience as a volunteer with the Ambulance crew before moving on to work at a dialysis centre in Romania. When I came to the UK my first job was a healthcare assistant in a Nursing Home and I then went on to work as a Senior Staff Nurse at The Harley Street Clinic.

What made you want to join GAD?

I have had an interest in Vitamin Therapy since first reading about its benefits 10 years ago. A colleague of mine introduced me to Get A Drip in 2020 and it really appealed to my entrepreneurial side. I was looking for an opportunity that would allow me to spend more time with my family, while still doing something that I love. Get A Drip was perfect. I love trying new things and also I like the flexibility which GAD offers. The team are nice and always available to help as needed. Also, having all of the necessary systems in place makes life so much easier as a franchisee.

How did you find launching your franchise during lockdown?

I felt that this was an opportunity as life was not as busy and I had more time to take it slow and learn effectively.
I also found that due to lockdown people were more considerate of their health and were more open to the benefits of Vitamin Therapy. My business has grown month on month with a high percentage of repeat clients which is great.

What is the best thing about being a Get A Drip franchisee?

The best thing about owning a Get A Drip franchise is the flexibility which I have. I’m still working in the hospital 2 days per week which keeps my skills up to date, but owning my own franchise gives me more time with my family. I also receive all the support which I need in running my business, such as help answering medical questions, managing bookings and marketing support. We also have a dedicated Business Development Manager who meets with us 1:1 on a regular basis to help us grow our business.

What are your aims for your business for the future?

My aim for the future is to do many pop up events to continue to teach people about the benefits of Drips and Boosters and raise awareness for Vitamin Therapy. Currently I operate on a mobile basis offering treatment in clients homes, I would eventually like my own static clinic in Kent and Essex.

For more information on franchising please email franchise@getadrip.com or visit our Franchise Page

Welcome Our Brand New Product…Triple B12

You’ve heard of B12… But have you heard of Triple B12?

Vitamin B12 injections have gained a lot of publicity over recent months to years. It seems every health clinic offers these in some description now. We still maintain that Get a Drip is the biggest and best and we can back that claim up with the exciting new arrival of our Triple B12 formula now available alongside our other highly popular methylcobalamin and hydroxocobalamin forms of B12. This is available as a booster shot or IV bolt on to existing packages and offer a combination of 3 forms of B12 (methylcobalamin 2mg, adenosylcobalamin 2mg and hydroxocobalamin 1mg) for added effect and duration of action. 

There are 2 active forms of Vitamin B12 in human cells, methyl and adenosylcobalamin. Methylcobalamin is active in cell cytoplasm and is used to produce energy whereas adenosylcobalamin is active in mitochondria and is used to produce energy here, as well as being the main storage form of B12 in the liver. Hydroxocobalamin is an inactive form of B12 which needs to be metabolised to either methylcobalamin or adenosylcobalamin and therefore tends to last longer in the body due to this conversion taking some time. By having a Triple B12 at Get a Drip, clients will get all of the above giving a complete rounded delivery of B12 for immediate energy release, prolonged energy release and storage of B12 for longer term energy release. Of course B12 is used for many other things in the body such as metabolic pathways, production of healthy nerves and blood cells. All of these will also have immediate and prolonged benefits too. 

Do you have B12 injections regularly from us? We’d love you to try this new product and let us know how this compares to your usual B12 booster. Book in now!

Vitamin ADEK – What do you really know about fat soluble vitamins?

How well do you know your vitamins? Do you take a supplement daily, or are you one of our loyal customers who has tried vitamin drips and booster shots? Do you know your water soluble from your fat soluble vitamins? Well at Get a Drip we are launching a brand new product which we are really excited about and think you will be too, a new booster shot with a complete combination of all your fat soluble vitamins, in one easy injection!

Vitamins are broadly categorised into water and fat soluble, depending on what they dissolve in. At Get a drip we already offer a wide range of water soluble vitamins in various packages and boosters. We are pleased to announce our new Vitamin A, D, E and K booster shot, a complete package of all your fat soluble vitamins previously not available at Get a Drip, possibly even the UK! 

The ADEK booster shot is an injection which can be given straight into the muscle, like our other booster shots and does not require a cannula or sitting around for a drip to run through. It contains 10,000 units Vitamin A, 10,000 units Vitamin D, 100 units vitamin E and 10mg vitamin K. This can be given initially on a weekly basis up to 8 weeks duration to boost levels, followed by a monthly maintenance dose. This can also be added as a booster to other drip packages so customers can get all of their fat and water soluble vitamins in one sitting. 

Vitamin A is something we haven’t been able to offer at Get a Drip in any form until now. It is primarily used to help with vision, particularly in low light conditions but also has a role in promoting the immune system as well as keeping skin and hair healthy. Vitamin D2 is one of our biggest selling products at Get a Drip however our ADEK combination contains non-vegan vitamin D3, and alternative to helping boost your immune system and maintaining healthy teeth and bones. Vitamin E is another product previously unavailable and we are excited to offer this powerful antioxidant alongside our other antioxidants already available. Vitamin E actively works alongside vitamin C, selenium and zinc to increase antioxidant effects within cells. Vitamin K is also a relatively new product to our menu which is used to promote blood clotting cascades and wound healing as well as helping vitamin D activation and increasing bone strength. The best thing about this is, all of these are available together so you don’t need to choose and you can  receive the benefits of all.

Book in to try it yourself!

Top Tips to Beat Colds and Flu – Let’s prevent not cure!

Prevent colds washing hands

We are here to help you beat colds and flu! This year probably more than any other has people worried about picking up cold or flu. With the cold weather often come sniffles and coughs. So, we have created a list of our top tips to help you beat any wintery colds that come your way.

Our Tips

Wash those hands

You’ve definitely heard this one so much this year but that’s because it’s true! If there could only be one piece of advice, it would be this one. The CDC recommends scrubbing those hands for a full 20 seconds. However, we know this isn’t always possible so be sure to carry a handy mini sanitiser wherever you go. 

Keep active

We know. It’s tough. It’s cold. We all want to curl up and watch Netflix all day. But, it’s so important to get out and get a sweat on to keep your immune system strong, especially for children.

Don’t stress

The first step in having a healthy body, is having a healthy immune system. Meaning, if this is ready to go you should be ready to fight off any common cold. Which means your body shouldn’t have any deficiencies that could put the body into overdrive. So, make sure you are eating balanced meals and getting 8 hours of sleep a night. Sometimes this isn’t enough and you need something more. Our Immunity drip is just that.. More! Our Immunity drip  combines Multivit drip with extra Vit C, ensuring all your vitamin needs are met.

Stay home

If you or your family members are feeling any congestion or fever, stay at home. Not only is this important to reduce prolonging your illness, it protects others.

Know the difference

Knowing the difference between cold and flu can be  tricky. But the flu can be serious business so knowing the difference is important. The symptoms of a common cold include,  cough and runny nose, whereas the flu is often indicated by fever, chills, body aches and extreme fatigue.

Conclusion

To conclude, knowing about colds and flus is key to beating them. So, basic hygiene, staying active, nutrition and immunity system, staying home and  knowing the signs are all key to staying healthy this flu season

Let’s talk about Veganuary

What is Veganuary?

Everyone is very used to hearing about Dry January in January, but what about Veganuary? This year Veganuary seems to be the word on everyone’s lips this month! Haven’t heard of it? Well, let us fill you in…

The veganuary challenge was initiated by a U.K non-profit, back in 2014. Since then a record number of 400,000 people joined the movement in 2020. The pledge is for its participants to only eat vegan/plant-based foods for the month of January. 

What is vegan?

Vegan is a diet which includes no animal sources. Meaning vegans do not eat meat, fish, diary, eggs or honey. In addition to diet, some people take it a step further than just a diet change, it can be a whole lifestyle adoption too, meaning no using products from animals, products tested on animals, clothes from animals etc. 

Why is it important?

The animals

Did you know that every vegan saves nearly 200 animals per year? This has to be the easiest way to help animals!

Your health

The British Dietetic Association and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have said that vegan diet is suitable for all ages. In addition, some research has linked vegan diets with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. Definitely information that may be interesting for those at high risk of these illnesses.

Climate change

Meat and other animal product production places a heavy burden on the environment – from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved. In addition, the vast amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction

Budget friendly

A myth that is often  heard in the vegan community is that Veganism is expensive.. In fact, many vegan diets stick to basics that are considered staples in many diets, including – grains, beans, seeds and legumes.

Some downsides?

Adopting a vegan diet can be very healthy, but many can struggle to still get enough essential nutrients.

One of the main vitamins that people can become low in is vitamin B12! Because B12 is naturally only found in animal sources. What does this mean for vegans? Well, there are many options out there such as fortified foods, a daily multivitamin or a vitamin drip or a booster shot! And it’s not just B12 that people are missing, some other key nutrients to pay attention to are vitamin D, omega fatty acids, calcium, iodine and iron. For such deficiencies it’s important to eat a variety of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, nuts and plant based oils. There are also options out there which include multivitamins. Or if you are looking for a more long lasting solution, a vitamin drip or booster shot.

Do These Detox Diets Work? 3 Different Ways to Cleanse

The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ has plenty of truth to it. Diet is one of the most important factors when it comes to our health, so it’s no surprise that people are always looking for new ways to get their nutrients. But what if there was a diet that, in addition to giving you essential vitamins and minerals, actually removed harmful toxins from your body in a process known as a detox or cleanse? It certainly sounds like a health hack we could all take advantage of! The question is, are these detoxes simply too good to be true?

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular detox diets and cleanses trending today and see whether they could help – or hurt – your health.

Liquid Detox

Cutting solid foods from your diet sounds like a radical prospect. Nevertheless, “juicing” – consuming only fruit juices or smoothies – is one of the most popular cleanses available. In fact, plenty of companies offer their very own pre-packaged juice cleanses, typically designed to last from 3 to 10 days (although some encourage weeks of detoxing). So, what is it about these liquid detox diets that make them so attractive to health bloggers and influencers?

For one, the health benefits that come from a fruit and vegetable focused diet are undeniable. Health experts encourage “5 A Day” for a reason: eating your greens provides you with a wealth of vitamins and minerals that are vital for bodily function. Freshly squeezed juices or smoothies chock full of plant goodness seem like a simple, easy and low calorie way to get the nutrients you need. The problem arises when you cut out everything else in your diet, and just rely on these liquid substitutes.

Juices in particular lack the amount of fiber, fats and proteins sufficient to fuel our body. Without these key elements, liquid cleanses fail to give us satiety – that sense of fullness that helps control our appetite. You’ll also be running low on calories, as most juice cleanses run under 1,000 calories daily. There’s also the issue of sugar content. Whole fruits contain roughage to slow the absorption of fructose into your body. Juices and smoothies lack this fibre, causing your blood sugar to spike and then drop after drinking. This erratic reaction can lead to energy slumps and feelings of hunger.

Liver Detox

When we think about detoxing, let’s not forget that our body has its own natural cleansing method: the liver. This vital organ helps filter out toxins and waste that has no business in our bloodstream. So what if we could curate a diet that ‘super charges’ our liver, improving its detoxifying function in order to cleanse us more effectively? Liver cleanses are designed to do exactly this, and in theory they sound like a great way to recover from a week of partying!

Liver detoxes can involve a variety of dietary restrictions, including fasting and the ingestion of various herbal supplements. By following a strict regimen over a few days, the detox is intended to reduce toxin ingestion, giving the liver a break and allowing it to repair and improve its performance. Sounds good, but do we have the evidence to support the claims?

Some people swear by supplements such as milk thistle and turmeric. The milk thistle contains seeds bursting with Silymarin, a chemical with antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. The research results are mixed – while the thistle could help with inflammation and repair, it can’t combat diseases such as Hepatitis. Similarly, turmeric is also said to have a protective effect on the liver, reducing the impact of toxins and the risk of inflammation.

But there’s no reason to subsist on herbal supplements alone. You’re almost certainly better off including them alongside a balanced diet. Long term lifestyle changes are far more impactful than temporary cleanses when it comes to preventing liver disease – that includes drinking less, consuming plenty of fiber and protein, and keeping a healthy weight.

Colon Cleanse

Colon cleanses aren’t detox diets per se, but they are often undertaken for the same reasons as juicing or liver detoxes – to flush out toxins and remove a build up of waste from the body. In this case, the focus is less on what enters your mouth, and more on what exits the other end!

Also known as colonic irrigation or hydrotherapy, colon cleanses typically involve flooding the colon with water to manually remove the waste inside. It’s thought that this process can be a quick way to relieve congestion, digestive issues, constipation and bloating. It’s a procedure that can be offered professionally, but more and more people are doing their own colon cleanses from home. A home remedy that can flush toxins and waste out of your body may sound appealing, there are plenty of risks that should give you pause before attempting any sort of colon cleanse.

Without professional assistance from a colonic hygienist, you may perform the cleanse incorrectly, which in some cases can lead to pretty severe health consequences. For one, it can remove fluids from your body, leading to dehydration. This can be compounded further with the side effect of diarrhea. Some people have also reported unpleasant stomach cramps. If the cleanse really goes awry, things can get serious. Electrolytes can become imbalanced, chemicals vital for the health of our cells. This can cause fainting and even liver damage. There is also the risk of bacterial infection, and the nightmare situation of bowel perforation, a medical emergency.

These scenarios may be unlikely, but are they worth risking? If you’re looking to colon cleanse, it seems best to see a professional. Otherwise, there is plenty you can include in your diet to boost your colon health, such as eating foods rich in soluble and insoluble fiber – try wholegrains, root vegetables, as well as beans, pulses and lentils.

The Pros & Cons Of Detox Diets

Pros:

  • Detox diets often consist of foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, and low in trans and saturated fats.
  • Detoxes generally cut out processed foods and drinks.
  • Liquid based detoxes hydrate effectively if you are absorbing sufficient calories.
  • Detoxes and cleanses could encourage you to start including healthier foods and supplements into your diet, as well as helping you get a better feel for how your body responds to different ways of eating.

Cons:

  • Detox diets rarely include enough daily calories to sustain you.
  • Juice and smoothie based cleanses are high in sugar.
  • Abstaining from a balanced consumption of solid foods can lead to negative health effects such as loss of water, erratic blood sugar levels, low satiety, and reduced energy levels.
  • Colon cleanses without the aid of a professional can lead to significant health risks.
  • The liver naturally detoxifies the body, with little evidence that cleanses make a positive difference to liver function.
  • Many detox diet claims aren’t supported by current medical evidence.

Looking For A Boost In Well-Being?

Detox or not, different diet trends can often become a source of confusion. Diets typically come down to whatever works for you, as not all methods suit everybody. Nutrition science is a pretty advanced subject, so it’s no wonder we can struggle to pin it down. It’s also important to remember that food isn’t the only way to get the nutrients your body needs. 

If you’re looking for a more direct way to boost your health, Get A Drip offers a range of IV drips and booster shots that help keep you at your best. Whether you’re looking to strengthen your immune system with Vitamin D, top up on powerful anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C or simply rejuvenate and refresh using our Hydration drips, we’ve got you covered. 

It’s important to remember that health can start from home. Whether you’re using our call out service or ordering natural medication through eco-friendly online pharmacies like e-Surgery, expert healthcare really can arrive right on your doorstep!

Advice from the experts

“Whilst detox plans are quickly gaining popularity, it should be noted that many of these regiments lack compelling evidence of health benefits and can pose negative side effects. You should always involve your regular GP when making any drastic changes to your diet, and especially before starting to take any herbal products. Many herbal preparations are not standardised for active constituents and can interact with other medication you might be taking.”

-Dr Oskar Wendowski e-Surgery Superintendant Pharmacist

To Vit D or Not To Vit D – There is No Question

Vit D or not Vit D, there is no question

There has only been one thing on everyone’s mind this year, Coronavirus! The first major pandemic in many years.  I’m sure you are all fed up hearing about it on the news, in daily life and want normality to return.  Boris keeps telling us the government is “following the science.” Well, there is actually a lot of ongoing research into the effects of vitamin D on Covid infections and this blog highlights some of the science and why we should all be supplementing vitamin D. 

Vitamin D is well known to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy, but did you know it also helps with the immune system? Several large scale reviews have shown that it can protect against acute respiratory infections, and individuals with sufficient levels of vitamin D were most protected (1,2). This therefore became an area of study interest in the fight against Covid 19.

 

As of 08.10.2020 there were over 20,000 publications on Google scholar looking at Vitamin D in both the prevention and treatment of Covid infections. There are also several trials in the UK currently under way looking at this (3).

Many studies have already shown that having a vitamin D deficiency increases the chances of having more severe Covid infections and therefore a higher chance of dying from Covid (4). One study reporting people were 32 times more likely to have critical Covid if vitamin D deficient (5). Some have even shown that having sufficient levels of vitamin D in the body actually reduces the chances of testing positive for the virus, indicating this may prevent people getting it in the first place (6).

One study quoting that in 192,000 American citizens sampled, they were 47% less likely to test positive if their vitamin D levels were > 55ng/ml (sufficient) compared to 20ng/ml (deficient) (7,8).

Others looked at the average vitamin D levels for various countries, comparing these to their respective Covid rates. They found countries which have lower average vitamin D levels tended to have more cases of Covid, and also higher mortalities (9).

Countries closer to the equator generally have higher levels of vitamin D in their population and this is another factor possibly affecting Covid rates. 

We also know that people from BAME communities are more likely to test positive and are also at a higher risk of dying from Covid than white individuals as released in the government document “Understanding the impact of Covid -19 in BAME groups.” (10) This may be attributed to low levels of vitamin D, as people from BAME communities tend to have lower levels of this in their blood.

So why is this so important? Well, this is just snap-shot of some of the publications of research ongoing throughout this critical time.

We are all still learning about Covid-19 but the evidence is mounting that a simple dietary supplement can help prevent and treat this condition. It is important to say that this is not the only factor in transmission rates and mortality, but evidence based medicine is key, and to quote Boris, we should all “follow the science”.

So supplement with vitamin D! It is safe and the potential benefits could not only help you, but also help us all return to normality. 

At Get a Drip we offer Vitamin D booster shots which can be purchased and taken in two different ways:

  1. Book your monthly booster shot of 30,000 units without having your vitamin D tested. This is in keeping with current NICE guidance (all adults living in the UK should supplement vitamin D throughout the year) and is comparable to buying a vitamin D tablet over the counter, but saves the hassle of remembering this every day.  
  2. Book a vitamin D blood test (recommended) to discover whether you are deficient or not. Our staff can then tailor a treatment plan to replenish your vitamin D levels. Please read our blog post “Vitamin D testing is here”

This article was written by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Matthew Calcasola.

COVID Testing Now Available!

COVID testing is now available at Get A Drip

 

Get A Drip have partnered with an ISO:15189:2012 accredited UK laboratory to make available a COVID-19 RT-PCR (Antigen) test that you can do in the safety and comfort of your own home.

The process is simple:

  1.  Order the test online via our website 
  2. The test is delivered to you within 48 hours of your online order being placed
  3. You take your nasal and oral swabs at home and send it off using the pre-paid postage bag included in the test kit
  4. You will have your reliable test results back within 24 to 48 hours 
 

How does an at home sample work?

Your kit will include a simple sample collection device with comprehensive instructions on how to complete your test in just a few minutes. Once you have  taken your sample, simply follow the instructions and return the sample to our lab using the pre-paid postage bag included in the test kit.

How do I return my test properly?

Royal Mail are providing a special set of arrangements for the transportation of test samples. You can read more about it here and find your closest Royal Mail Priority Postbox. Samples returned via Royal Mail Priority Post Boxes should reach the lab in the following 24 hours. Once a sample is delivered to the lab, the lab usually take up to 24 hours to process the test, though it can sometimes take longer.
Please note that the postal service is not suitable for those with a Saturday or Sunday ‘test’ date as your test will not be processed until the Monday.

How do I get my results and how long will it take?

In general, once your test arrives at our lab facility you should have a result emailed to you within 24 hours. In particular please take weekends into account as there is a drastically reduced service available at weekends.

What do I do if my Covid-19 PCR swab test is positive?

If your covid-19 PCR test is positive, please follow the national guidelines. You and your household will need to isolate.
For more information go to the NHS covid-19 website. Do not visit a health centre such as a hospital, Clinic, GP surgery or Pharmacy unless instructed.

What do I do If My Covid-19 PCR swab test is negative?

A negative PCR test means that you were not infected with Covid-19 when you took the test. If you have no symptoms, you can continue as normal (unless you have been told to self isolate until a certain date).

 

 

 

Why Your Hormones Are Stopping You Losing Weight

We have a big one for you today on the Get A Drip Podcast. I spoke to nutritionist Pippa Campbell all about hormones and weight loss and, sorry gentlemen, this one is mainly for the ladies. We talk about why us females are more likely to have a harder time with our hormones, what hormone imbalances look like and how hormones can affect our weight.

So Pippa, you’re a nutritionist but you specialise in hormones and weight loss is that correct?

That’s my area! Although weight loss has never been an issue for me personally, helping women lose weight is something that I find so rewarding.  I specialise in a hormone balancing weight loss. I’ve been doing that for many years.

The reason why I got into it so many years ago was because I used to suffer horrifically with PMT from the age of about 19. I got my period at an early age, I was 12 and getting my period every 2 weeks so there was obviously a hormonal imbalance. 

Now in those days, you didn’t go to the gynaecologist if you had ongoing problems like this. I went to the GP and he just put me on the pill so then I didn’t get my period. I really didn’t want anything artificial in my body anymore so I came off [contraception] at about age 18. 

My PMC was horrific, two months out of every month. I felt exhausted, I didn’t really get period pains, no sort of chronic pain. But I felt dizzy, I felt shaky, I felt really emotional. 

Diet definitely helped and supplements were the icing on the cake. When I did the DNA testing, I’m a certified nutrigenomics practitioner for LifeCodeGX. I was then able to finally understand what was going on. 

Would you say that hormone imbalances affect women more than men?

Absolutely. Men can also have hormone imbalances of course. But when I’m talking about hormones, I suppose I’m specifically talking oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone and the like. Thyroid hormones also definitely come into play as well.

I suppose it’s like an orchestra as they all work together so we always have to look at everything in balance. 

You mentioned before that there are people that sometimes experience anxiety as one of their symptoms of a hormone imbalance. I’m sure there’s so many ways that a hormone imbalance can manifest itself. What are some of the most common signs that you see of a hormone imbalance?

We’ve got so many different hormones but if let’s focus on the female sex hormones- oestrogen and progesterone. So while they’re getting their periods, they might experience the symptoms that I was talking about such as extremely heavy periods. It could be anxiety. Some people can’t sleep, they feel very anxious. Sometimes people can feel very sad and very down and that they don’t feel quite right. A lot of women say they don’t feel right; they feel like they’re having an out of body experience. 

How can our diet help hormone imbalances?

The first thing we want to do is to get rid of the rubbish because it’s inflammatory. Throw away the crips! I would recommend going lower carbohydrate, I’m not saying keto, I’m not saying people have to go high fat but I definitely think that finding the amount of carbohydrates is key. I would eat three meals a day and  no snacking because every time we eat, we would release incidents and no snacking. 

Want to hear the rest? Listen to the rest of the Get A Drip Podcast here

How to Prevent Burnout

Are you at risk of burnout?

Have you been so stressed out by work that every small task feels impossible to complete? Do you struggle to switch off? Is the word ‘rest’ even a part of your vocabulary? 

Rosie Millen, also known as Miss Nutritionist over on Instagram, is a Nutritional Therapist based in London and has had to learn about burnout the hard way. Since experiencing burnout, Rosie has turned her life around, and has since released her debut book, entitled Burnout’s a B*tch, that details her experience of burnout as well as providing readers with a six week lifestyle plan. We talked about all things work stress, her darkest days and how to say no. 

Rosie, a few years ago you experienced burnout and you’ve since written a book called Burnout’s a B*tch. Tell us about your experience with burnout?

Yeah so six years ago on March 6 2014, I was walking in the park on a beautiful sunny day when all of a sudden I felt really really dizzy and I collapsed to the ground. I freaked out because nothing like that had ever happened to me before so I basically climbed into a taxi, went home to bed and stayed there for three years straight. I was completely paralysed and exhausted and I couldn’t move couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t socialise, I couldn’t exercise, I couldn’t work. 

My whole life was just totally put on hold. At my worst, I couldn’t lift my head off the pillow. I just found everything really, really debilitating soI kind of did what anybody would do in that situation, I took myself off to the doctors, got some tests done. When the results came back there was nothing wrong with me! I was totally normal so the doctor just prescribed me antidepressants and I burst into tears because I was like, ‘I’m not depressed, I’m exhausted.’

I realised that I have to get to the bottom of it myself. I knew that something was going on. I did a tonne of reading loads of research, I ran loads of tests on myself. Eventually I found it was all pointing to the same thing; I severely burned out. 

That’s crazy! So for three years you couldn’t get out of bed?!

I mean, on a successful day I made it from the bed to sofa. It was just so hard, it was the most lonely, darkest, frustrating, saddest place I’ve ever been. I didn’t want to be alive anymore and I did consider taking my life because I would just wake up exhausted again and again. I just couldn’t bear it. When a week goes by and you’re tired, it’s one thing but when a month goes by and then a year and then another year.

I think the number one thing that really made a difference was identifying my stressors and eliminating them. When I see my clients I always say, ‘it doesn’t matter if you have the perfect diet you’re taking the perfect supplements, if the fuel to the fire is still there, you’re not going to recover. You’ve got to eliminate the stressors, you’ve got to get rid of them. You’ve really got to change your life.

What did your life look like prior to burning out? What was a regular week in your life?

It was a whirlwind!  I was working like a freight train.  I was actually running two businesses at the time so I’d actually just launched my second business, which killed me. I would get up, have meetings, do emails, marketing calls, coaching calls, you know you name it, do anything and everything all day, every day. 

It was a completely different life and I said yes to everything. Now my life is completely different. I’m a different person and I’m very good at saying no without explaining myself. 

Do you think people are much more aware of burnout now then they were when you were experiencing it?

Yeah, 100%! Now we’re burning out left, right and centre. A lot of the doctors didn’t really understand burnout because they hadn’t seen it and there wasn’t as much information out there about it.  

In 2016, 12.5 million workdays were lost due to stress related conditions. So it is a byproduct of the way that we live and before it wasn’t and I think doctors and the medical profession are waking up to that now. 

Leading up to this interview, I did a poll on our Instagram stories and one of the questions I asked was, do you think people with type A personalities are more likely to experience burnout and around 96% of  people said yes!

Oh 100%! You settle for nothing, you keep going, you don’t say no, you say yes to everything. If you’re a perfectionist, you find that work is your priority and sleep takes a backseat. 

Sleep is the number one thing that starts to become compromised. And, oh my god, sleep is absolutely paramount to the recovery of the adrenal glands. So, if you’re not sleeping, you’re not going to recover.

Listen to the rest of the episode! 

 

Find Rosie below! 

Website: https://missnutritionist.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/missnutritionist/

Order Rosie’s book! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Burnouts-B-tch-Rosie-Millen/dp/1784726672/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=burnout+is+a+bitch+rosie+millen&qid=1575975063&sr=8-1-fkmr0