Inspirational new book retraces Canadian author’s personal journey to lasting good health
As a mother, foster parent, youth counsellor and wife, Jenn Bruer had it all: obesity, adult acne, mood swings, mild depression, asthma and allergies. In short, she was broken and burned out at the young age of 35.
“I perhaps thought I was superwoman and nothing could break me,” Bruer reflects. But she was wrong. “I was exhausted. And I needed to find a way to get healthy.”
And so began her self-guided transformation to physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. That was 2011. Today she’s vibrant, happy and healthy after discovering the healing power of food, finding inner peace and learning the meaning of self-love.
Now Bruer is sharing her tale of trials and triumphs in a just-published book called Helping Effortlessly. “This book is my personal story. It’s filledwith hope and tangible ways to begin a journey of healing, going far beyond the conventional solutions of self-care,” she says.
Burnout is a “rampant affliction” especially among the helping professions, according to Bruer, who hopes her book will help others heal.
With candour, courage and humour as her travel companions, Bruer retraces every intricate step along her very personal path from burnout to betterment. Drawing on themes of nutrition, exercise, spirituality, mindfulness, stress management and forgiveness, she invites readers to begin their own life-changing journey. Her book is packed with tips, practical information, anecdotes and mental exercises that challenge individuals to think differently about mind, body and spirit – from the food that goes into their mouth to the words that come out.
In a highlight from Helping Effortlessly, Bruer describes her metamorphosis after switching to a Paleo diet of “real food:”
“I went from a size 20 to a size 10 … I noticed lifelong phobias vanish, mild depression lift, mood swings become a thing of the past, cystic acne … check! My morning stiffness was gone, and I felt emotionally and physically stronger in ways I never knew was possible.”
Bruer runs training workshops on nutrition, stress management, mindfulness, meditation and spirituality in the workplace. Check out her SpeakerHub. She also creates recipes for her food blog, Living Grainlessly, where she encourages people to ditch processed foods in favour of home cooking. Bruer enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, meditation and reading.
Here is what others have to say after having read Helping Effortlessly
“The author’s passion, knowledge and genuine experiences shared in this book take the reader on an authentic journey, and ignite individuals to be the creators of their own path by discovering the practices they feel resonate with them most. This book empowers individuals to find their own truth and the balance that reminds them to help themselves as much as they help others.” ~Patricia Rizzo, CYW, PSR
“A journey to wellbeing and burnout recovery with an honest and transparent lens: Helping Effortlessly is an honest book about the authors journey in healing from burnout. The details of Jenn Bruer’s transformational story is shared in an accessible way that allows the reader feel included and doesn’t overwhelm with overly scientific data. Not only is this a must read for those in the helping field but it can be useful to anyone that’s felt overwhelmed, stressed, or burnt out. Jenn Bruer empowers the reader to incorporate wellness in the whole body, mind and soul. A total 360 approach to wellness. Worth every penny.” ~Lisa Berry