Preventing Burnout with Gabrielle Juliano-Villani | GP 192

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Are you potentially heading into burnout? Why are values important for your practice, and just for marketing? How can you incorporate your nervous system into releasing stress and preventing burnout?

In this podcast episode, LaToya Smith speaks about preventing burnout with Gabrielle Juliano-Villani.

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Meet Gabrielle Juliano-Villani

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Gabrielle Juliano-Villani is a licensed clinical social worker, consultant, coach, entrepreneur, and educator based in Sarasota, FL. She has been in the mental health field for over a decade specializing in stress, chronic health conditions, and trauma. After realizing her own burnout in 2021, she sold her thriving group practice and made it her mission to educate others on the impact stress has on our everyday lives.

Gabrielle pulls from her experience as an EMDR and Polyvagal Informed therapist to utilize mind/body approaches to help others implement everyday strategies to manage stress and live their best lives. Gabrielle is an international speaker, and retreat leader, and has been featured in Authority Magazine, The Daily Om, Bustle, and the Everyday Woman TV Network. When she’s not working, Gabrielle is teaching Zumba, surfing, or reading a psychological thriller at the beach

Visit Gabrielle’s website and connect on Instagram, and TikTok.

In This Podcast

  • Telltale signs of burnout
  • The importance of values in your practice
  • Working with the nervous system to recover burnout
  • Do what works for you
  • Gabrielle’s small tips

Telltale signs of burnout

I woke up one day, and I was like, “I fucking hate this. I don’t want to do this anymore, I am just so done, burn it to the ground, I don’t care what happens.” There were definitely red flags that I was not paying attention to. (Gabrielle Juliano-Villani)

For Gabrielle, a deep feeling of apathy was her biggest red flag. She noticed that at a point she no longer cared about problems or successes, and the effort seemed to be worthless. This is when Gabrielle knew that she was no longer just stressed and that she was now officially burnt out.

That’s really the difference between stress and burnout; stress is too much [with] hyperactivity and overactive emotions like anxiety and worry, and the burnout is when there’s not enough. That’s the apathy and feeling numb. (Gabrielle Juliano-Villani)

The importance of values in your practice

Incorporating your values into your private practice is not only essential for your marketing strategy or to hire the right people; it’s also important for you to work in an environment that supports you and doesn’t drain you.

If we’re running our practice and it doesn’t align with who we are … If we’re just out here acting and performing but not living up to our true, authentic self, it’s the road to destruction. (LaToya Smith)

Bringing your true self and what your needs are into your business means that – hopefully – you won’t run your business counter to what you need in order to succeed. Spend time considering what your values are, the life you would like to live, and how they can combine in your private practice.

Working with the nervous system to recover from burnout

The nervous system has three states:

  • Rest and digest or safe and connected, which should be your baseline
  • Fight or flight
  • Freeze response or burnout which occurs if the stress goes on for too long and is not treated
What I encourage people to do in a safe way … [is] to pay attention and write down what [it] does feel like when you are in fight or flight. What were the triggers that got you there? What are the things that you are maybe feeling on the day-to-day? (Gabrielle Juliano-Villani)

So, don’t wait for your body to enter into freeze mode before you manage your stress. If you notice that something is continually upsetting you:

  • Put boundaries in place
  • Communicate your needs
  • Notice how things change
You will be much healthier and happier and your practice will grow in a much more fruitful way if you work on your own stuff. (Gabrielle Juliano-Villani)

Do what works for you

As a private practice owner, as your business grows and you hire people, you need to begin taking off hats. You will burn yourself out very quickly by continuing to do day-to-day tasks while running the business and seeing clients.

Once you have a shot at taking that first step, take it. Take things off of your plate so that you can remain calm, present, and rested, because as the business owner, your staff, clients, and practice need you to be centered.

Gabrielle’s small tips

  • Declutter your desk and office space
  • Add things to your space that make you feel calm, happy, and motivated in a good way
  • Work on your boundaries – with yourself and others – and communicate them
  • Have an end-of-day ritual
  • Be clear with yourself on your work hours and rest time and stick to them

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    Meet LaToya Smith

    An image of LaToya Smith is captured. She is a consultant with Practice of the Practice and the owner of LCS Counseling. LaToya is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

    LaToya is a consultant with Practice of the Practice and the owner of LCS Counseling and Consulting Agency in Fortworth Texas. She firmly believes that people don’t have to remain stuck in their pain or the place they became wounded. In addition to this, LaToya encourages her clients to be active in their treatment and work towards their desired outcomes.

    She has also launched Strong Witness which is a platform designed to connect, transform, and heal communities through the power of storytelling.

    Visit LaToya’s website. Connect with her on FacebookInstagramStrong Witness Instagram, and Twitter.

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