General Article 'I burned out from work stress'

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Today, Liz Tucker is a health and well-being counsellor specialising in stress management. 14 years ago, at the age of 30, she burned out from work-related stress.

‘I had a building company at the time and was working incredibly hard. It wasn’t unusual for me to drive from Taunton, up to York and down to Norfolk in the space of 24 hours. I’d start work at 7am and often wouldn’t finish until 8pm the following day, 36 hours later. The year I burned out, I drove over 100,000 miles.

‘I loved the buzz of it. There was a lot of stress involved, but I really enjoyed the adrenaline kick of having something turn out right in the end. It was very satisfying.

‘At first the work was manageable. Then, during the year before I became ill, I started working at weekends. I had no social life at all, which didn’t bother me at the time.

‘Then I met my partner and, because of the pressures of trying to see him and keep on top of the work, it all began to fall apart. I started feeling really tired ...

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