Ep. 5 - From Actress to Mind and Wellness: Beating Burnout Holistically with Gemma Merna



Season 1. Episode 5.

Gemma Merna is an actress turned hypnotherapist, life coach, meditation and yoga teacher. Following a busy, but successful career, Gemma hit burnout and also experienced grief. Through her Mind and Wellness Community, Gemma is now on a mission to support other people going through a similar journey, helping them gain back their control, one step at a time. 

In this episode, Gemma joins Nicole to discuss her experience with burnout, what led her to make a change within her life and her career, and how she’s got herself back to being able to lead the life she wants.

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Episode Timestamps


Experiencing burnout as an actress and how it affected Gemma’s career


The warning signs and symptoms of burnout


The inspiration behind using yoga and hypnotherapy as therapy


The reason behind developing the Mind and Wellness Community


Why Gemma embraces the stillness of yoga and how it’s helped her clients


Focusing on the relationship with yourself


Reframing your language and making the time for your wellbeing


What Hypnotherapy actually is and how it can help


The benefits healthy living has had on Gemma’s routine


Gemma’s advice for people experiencing burnout and chronic stress


Putting yourself first and why you shouldn’t feel guilty about it


The future of the Mind and Wellness Community and what Gemma wants to help people achieve


The shocking statistics found in a research study relating to burnout in employees


The one thing Gemma wants people to leave this episode with

We don’t have to live in this high stress anymore. We have a choice and we can still have an amazing life and a career, but we can live our life better and be calmer.


Essential learnings from this episode…

Signs of burnout and why we shouldn’t ignore them

How we can use yoga, meditation and hypnotherapy as a way to overcome burnout and other chronic illnesses

The importance of having boundaries and why it’s okay to say no 

Slowing down movement to match your current stage in life

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