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Revive: The Antidote To Burnout – with Manuel Astruc

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On this episode of The Business Mastermind Podcast, Gavin is joined by psychiatrist, Manuel Astruc to talk about how to identify the signs of burnout, how to address and turn around from experiencing burnout and the antidote to burnout. Manuel share his own experiences and those of countless clients that he’s worked with.



  • 12 years ago I found that something had to change in my life. I was experiencing burnout after my twin sister passed away. Even though I was healthy and my business was doing fine, I was miserable and I made a decision then to enjoy the ride no matter what which has led to a lot of changes over the years to get me where I am today. 
  • There were some things that happened immediately: 1) Committing to stop wallowing in my negative thinking. 2) Turning away from things that were negative in my life like the news, listening to sports radio and began listening to podcasts and audiobooks that helped me learn and grow. 3) Changes to what I ate – I changed my breakfast from bagels to smoothies. 4) Started exercising – minutes a day that was sustainable and I built it out as I created the habit. 5) Sleep was also something I’d been neglecting, so I put in a regime. 
  • When burnout starts, it starts small and gets bigger and turns into things that are more than just burnout. The early signs are unrelenting exhaustion, cynicism/bitterness, starting to feel like you’re losing effectiveness which intensifies to actually losing your effectiveness at work.
  • The roadblock in my head, with growing my practice was hiring other people. In my head that was adding drama, complexity and an additional source of frustration. But it was suggested to me; what if you employ people that you get on with and are good at their job? That one question removed that roadblock. 
  • When we give ourselves uninterrupted time off, where you don’t connect with work, it starts a virtuous cycle where we get renewed, refreshed, more creative, more focussed when we come back, we have more energy. If you don’t know what to do with your time off you should build a structure of what you’re going to do – that’s not work. 



‘Even though I help others. I had to take a good, hard look at myself – what I was thinking and doing with my life.’

‘Success was supposed to lead to happiness, but when I got there every day just looked like a treadmill.’

‘We can use 3 key phrases to help ourselves and others when they’re having a hard time, emotionally: There is hope, change is possible, and you don’t have to be alone.’

‘What areas of your life are you still enjoying? Come up with 30-40 things that light you up. This will get you out of the mindset of cynicism.’

‘Success doesn’t create success, happiness drives success.’



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After seeing the change that consciously making an effort to embrace the journey and block out negativity made his own life, Manuel Astruc knew he needed to share the knowledge he had with others. Manuel started ‘Your Next Act’ to help high-achieving entrepreneurs find the mental strength to not just survive their ventures, but thrive.

Manuel has been working as a psychiatrist for over 20 years, the last 15 years in his private practice in general psychiatry. He also works in the addictions field as the medical director of Saratoga County Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. Manuel has previously worked as the medical director of the Saratoga Hospital Mental Health Unit.



Gavin Preston

Gavin is an inspirational Speaker, Business Strategist, Business Growth Mentor, Trainer and high-performance Coach.  He works with Business Owners and Entrepreneurs and has a strong track record in creating the creative strategies to accelerate growth of their business. He has helped hundreds of SME business owners and leaders improve their performance and that of their business and a comparable number of executives and employees in blue chip corporates over the last 20 years.

Gavin’s energetic, insightful and yet down to earth and practical talks, workshops and coaching is in demand with high growth business between £250,000 and £30 million revenue and with multi-national organisations at all levels from Board to frontline Managers. He is an expert in Business Growth Strategies, Peak Performance Mindset, Persuasion & Engagement, Marketing, Productivity, Leadership Development, Team Development & Motivation, Leading Change, Stakeholder Management, Personal Effectiveness and Behavioural Change. 



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