Dr. Steve Ingham

Case Study

John's road to recovery

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Initial Situation

John, a 46-year-old senior executive in the demanding finance industry, faced severe burnout. His role required constant travel, leading to erratic schedules and overwhelming stress. Over time, John struggled to focus on tasks, felt increasingly overwhelmed, and lost motivation. His ability to prioritize tasks deteriorated, affecting both his professional performance and personal well-being.

“I was constantly on the move, juggling multiple responsibilities. I felt like I was drowning in tasks and couldn’t see a way out. I felt mentally exhausted and physically terrible,” John recalls.

Commitment to Change

Recognizing the need for change, John committed to the 12-month Burnout Recovery Programme. His determination to regain control over his life and career marked the beginning of a transformative journey.

Step 1: In-Depth Needs Analysis

The journey began with an in-depth needs analysis to understand John’s unique challenges. This comprehensive assessment evaluated his lifestyle, work habits, and health status, identifying key stressors and areas needing improvement.

“Steve’s approach was thorough and insightful. The initial assessment shed light on patterns and behaviors I hadn’t noticed before,” John mentions.

Step 2: Personalized Programme Design

Based on the needs analysis, a bespoke programme was designed, incorporating multi-disciplinary support from nutritionists, psychologists, and top trainers. The initial focus was on activities to sharpen daytime focus, but the plan quickly pivoted to emphasize sleep optimization and establishing a clear, effective routine.

Key Interventions Included:

  • Daytime Focus Activities: Strategies to enhance concentration and productivity.
  • Sleep Optimization: Techniques to improve sleep quality, ensuring restorative rest.
  • Fitness Routine: Building morning workouts into his schedule to boost energy and resilience.
  • Nutritional Support: Tailored dietary plans to support daytime focus and healthy eating habits.
  • Habit Tracking: Tools to minimize bad food choices and establish positive habits.

Step 3: Ongoing Assessments

John’s progress was continuously monitored through regular assessments:

  • Sleep Monitoring: Tracking sleep patterns to ensure quality rest.
  • Aerobic Capacity: Measuring cardiovascular fitness improvements.
  • Body Mass and Composition: Monitoring changes in body metrics.
  • Hydration Assessment: Ensuring proper hydration for optimal function.
  • Orthopedic Workstation Evaluation: Adjusting his workspace to reduce physical strain.

“Regular check-ins and assessments were crucial. They not only tracked my progress but also motivated me to stay committed to the programme,” John reflects.

Step 4: Achieving Sustainable Change

As John adhered to the programme, he began to notice significant changes:

  • Enhanced Focus and Clarity: Daytime activities and sleep optimization drastically improved his concentration and decision-making abilities.
  • Increased Energy Levels: Consistent sleep and morning fitness routines revitalized his energy.
  • Improved Physical Fitness: Aerobic and cardiovascular training reduced daily stress and provided a healthy outlet for processing and prioritizing tasks.
  • Better Nutritional Habits: The tailored diet and habit tracker minimized bad food choices, contributing to sustained energy and health.

John’s ability to handle stress improved, and he developed stronger mental resilience. This newfound strength was channeled into aligning his goals, purpose, and values, providing a sense of fulfillment and direction.

“Steve and his team were exceptional guides throughout this journey. Their integrated support system made all the difference,” John shares.


John’s journey from burnout to thriving professional is a testament to the effectiveness of the Burnout Recovery Programme. By addressing his unique challenges with personalized, multi-disciplinary support, John was able to reclaim his energy, focus, and motivation, ultimately enhancing his overall well-being and professional performance.

“Looking back, committing to this programme was the best decision I’ve made. It has not only transformed my work life but also my personal health and happiness,” John concludes.