Influencer Sabrina Runbeck Opens Up About Dealing with Overwhelm and Structuring Your Life the Right Way

Published on November 5, 2019

After working 80-plus hours a week in healthcare, Sabrina Runbeck’s workload took a toll on her personal and professional life. Her high-demand career launched her on a journey to cracking the code to working smarter not harder.

Like Sabrina, millions of young professionals are using their time off to get to the gym, go to brunch or happy hour with family and friends, while the rest of the week they’re grinding day-by-day and with little personal or professional satisfaction.

Now, Sabrina is on a mission to help those young professionals fall in love with their careers again and live the lifestyle they desire while enjoying their professional success. She believes everyone has the inner ability to gain more control and find
life’s satisfactions.

In fact, this trend has been dubbed the “Five Hour Work Dayby Forbes; finding and removing unnecessary work, working shorter bursts and really enjoying their life outside of their career.

The Importance of Self-Care

You can be the best giver, But if you don’t take care of yourself, you’ll burn out. Many of us are built for it, we love to help others or we’re committed to helping others.

Here’s the thing, when we commit to that level of care for others we tend to drop out self-care. Then, our health or our mental state gives way, leaving us unhappy with the idea of giving and wondering if real help is possible.

If you don’t take care of yourself or put yourself first then you’ll never be able to give to others.

Sabrina was committed to helping others in the field of surgery but was working 80-100 hours a week and burning out. She learned that she could work at a surgery center, work fewer hours and because she was able to more present, serve more.

It created such a fullness in her life that she wanted to share it with others, now she’s helping other overwhelmed individuals serve in the way they want and structure their lives so they’re living life to the fullest.


“So our brain is very much building that reputation we’re building. Not many of us could think about like what about me? Like, self-care doesn’t mean being selfish, it is simply saying me too.

You can be at the best giver, but at the end of the day if you’re not treating yourself, you’re not in the best quality of a status, of position. How are you going to serve anybody else?”
– Sabrina Runbeck

What We Don’t Learn in School

Part of the problem here is that society and even the education system does not tell us that their alternatives in the way in which we serve. With the advent of technology and the connectedness of the world, the particularness of many vocations is changing in such a way that we are learning their alternatives.

Frustrated with hours working in the office as a lawyer? Work for a sports team or set up your own legal firm and travel the country while you service your clients.

The possibilities in how we can serve as individuals are changing so much and shifting so greatly, that it’s creating even more opportunity.


“I think we need to look at everything collectively, and You know, some people are just really good at one thing and not the other, right? Many of us, we started school or a career getting another degree, create another business venture. Maybe this marketing strategy didn’t work. Do I need to move on or I was waiting for that promotion; I needed to make another publication, Right?”
– Sabrina Runbeck

Sabrina Runbeck sits down with me, Jeremy Ryan Slate, to talk about self-care and the changing societal roles for young professionals on the latest episode of the Create Your Own Life Show.

Jeremy Ryan Slate a Contributing Editor at Grit Daily. Based in New Jersey, he is the founder of the Create Your Own Life Show, a podcast that studies world-class performers. He studied literature at Oxford University, and is a former champion power lifter turned new-media entrepreneur. Specializes in using podcasting and new media to create celebrity and was ranked #1 in iTunes New and Noteworthy and #26 in the business category. Jeremy was named one of the top 26 podcast for entrepreneurs to listen to in 2017 by CIO Magazine and Millennial Influencer to follow in 2018 by Buzzfeed.  The Create Your Own Life Podcast has been downloaded over one million times.

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