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Paula Bellostas Muguerza

Workaholic management consultant in recovery from a cortisol binge. Londoner on the outside, mad Spaniard on the inside

My favourite quote that I happen to live by is "Work hard, be kind and good things will happen". I seem to have overdone the first bit of my motto and now I find myself writing to you about life with a fried brain and on the wrong side of burnout... Engineer and MBA by education and management consultant by trade, I am one of these people chronically unable to say no and with a terrible case of superwoman syndrome. Born in the Spanish town of Pamplona where crazy people run away from bulls, you now find me in London running like a mad woman towards some ever changing finish line of unachievable expectations, falling over and trying to pick myself up again!
Six Sure Signs You Are Headed For

Six Sure Signs You Are Headed For Burnout...

I clearly won't be able to reverse the burnout epidemic with a blog post but in case it helps some of you stay away from the dark side, here are my <strong>six signs you could be heading for burnout</strong>, delivered to you on the first birthday of my very own meltdown. I learnt them the hard way so that you don't have to.
02/11/2017 13:24 GMT
Burnout Diaries - Chapter Seven: Tell'em I'm Coming

Burnout Diaries - Chapter Seven: Tell'em I'm Coming Back

I walked into our Mayfair office with a mix of dread and excitement. On one hand, I had missed everyone terribly and I had also missed being productive and feeling useful and important but on the other hand I had been out of the game for a long time so I felt slow, dumb and inadequate.
21/07/2017 12:31 BST
Burnout Diaries - Chapter 6: 'And You Keep Thinkin' That You'll Never Get

Burnout Diaries - Chapter 6: 'And You Keep Thinkin' That You'll Never Get Burnt'

So with three weeks before the return to the real world, I have time for a bit of re-orientation and value reassessment. But also for a little bit of self-love and not too much self-beating for having tripped on the same stone twice. I just found another random iPhone note which has given me me the positive push I needed: "<strong>Life is full of strange reciprocity: the circumstances we cause in time give rise to us</strong>".
02/06/2017 13:54 BST
Burnout Diaries - Chapter 3: The Drugs Don't Work, They Just Make You

Burnout Diaries - Chapter 3: The Drugs Don't Work, They Just Make You Worse

Three months into the burnout journey and the reality of the situation had finally set in: my hemiplegic migraine condition had become "persistent" meaning that attacks were (and still are as I write) happening every single day. I had to accept that my daily life was just not going to be the same no matter how hard I tried to pretend that it was all just a little blip.
04/05/2017 15:41 BST
Addicted To

Addicted To Busy

It was a normal Wednesday for me: a 6.30am start to make sure I was in a cab doing the first call of the day by 7am followed by back-to-back meetings until well into the evening. And I am by no means one of these amazingly inspirational, successful and accomplished women.
16/04/2017 16:38 BST