Ep. 35 - Breaking the Cycle: Insights into High Functioning Anxiety with Lorna Devine



Episode 35

Lorna Devine is a psychologist, cognitive behavioural therapist and high-performance coach, helping people navigate stress, let go of high-functioning anxiety and elevate their performance and wellbeing, through her unique Devine Method.

In this episode, Nicole invites Lorna onto the show to discuss her journey from experiencing high functioning anxiety to burnout, the importance of identifying root causes, and how to establish a clear sense of self, beyond professional achievements. They also touch on the common traits among high performers, and Lorna’s top tips for preventing burnout and chronic health conditions.

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Episode Timestamps


Understanding high functioning anxiety


Lorna’s journey: From NHS psychologist to entrepreneur


The impact of burnout on life and career choices


The connection between high performers and stress


The importance of setting boundaries


Recognising signs of high functioning anxiety


The commonality of imposter syndrome among leaders


Burnout and its prevalence in high performers


The impact of stress on physical health


Practical advice for high performers facing burnout

“I was pushing and overworking, and then ended up burning out many times. As you know, you can only push for so long before your body actually tells you to stop.”


Essential learnings from this episode…

The common traits of high-performers

How to identify the signs of high functioning anxiety

Why setting and sticking to our boundaries is crucial

Practical tips for preventing burnout and chronic health conditions

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Functional Medicine Practitioner
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Nicole is one of the UK’s leading voices on immune health and optimal health, a specialist in autoimmune diseases, further specialised into thyroid, brain and fatigue conditions and optimising health for ambitious high achiever’s. Providing bespoke, personalised functional medicine programmes for clients worldwide.

Nicole has partnerships with worldwide global leaders in functional medicine including practitioner only supplement companies, testing laboratories (inc. from USA), to assess health, discover underlying imbalances and root causes of sub optimal health. In doing so Nicole works with clients on their own personal health history, root causes and genetics to achieve long lasting, effective results, providing optimal health status.