Abbie Chatfield shared a different kind of podcast on Tuesday, with the 28-year-old recording a message for It's A Lot listeners while away in Thailand at a medical and health centre to help her with her burnout.
The presenter shared that she decided not to do a regular episode this week as she would be forcing herself into an unhealthy schedule, and she wants to take care of her health after realising she has a "genuine addiction to work".
"So I've just decided to not do an episode this week, I'm really sorry, I guess this is the episode – a personal update," Abbie said.
"I've been absolutely depleted and burnt out by the start of this year for a number of reasons. But I've been here for about five days and I think I've realised that my priorities need to shift a bit, to be honest, I've taken on so many jobs and so many roles. I'm trying to figure out what I do and don't want to do and I'm trying to not push myself to work way harder than I need to."
Speaking about the trip to Thailand, she shared, "These five days here have been incredibly difficult, which is bizarre because all I've done is sit around and get massages and swim and it's not been difficult obviously for that reason, but mentally I think I have a genuine addiction to work... I think that my only value comes from work."
Abbie added that she wants to stop doing things simply because she 'can', for instance, she doesn't want to get off an international flight at 6am and go to record a podcast just because she 'can' if she doesn't want to.
For fans of the podcast, she stressed that this doesn't mean she will be devoting less time to the podcast, in fact, she shared that she wants to prioritise the podcast. Abbie also admitted to finding it difficult to be creative with the podcast due to her burnout.
"I just had a realisation you know, that honestly, that all I've done is work for the past couple of years. I have almost no social life anymore," she said. "And now I've gotten to a point where my normal is working so much and not socialising. And that has led to a kind of a social anxiety being formed and anxiousness around meeting new people and [thinking] 'Will my friends like me?' and where I put what energy into."
Abbie apologised to her listeners, saying, "I'm sorry to let you down with the podcast this week. I'll be back next week with a new podcast, it will be wonderful I hope, I just need a little bit more of a break."
She then began tearing up as she shared that she is refocusing on what she needs, "I just think that I've gotten things a bit confused. I'm going to cry, this is stupid!
"And I think what I need to actually do is reevaluate my life and my energy and where I'm putting it, because, this is so dark, but I thought if something happened to me if I just died, dropped dead, I wouldn't have seen any my friends in six months or a year."
Abbie asked her listeners to be patient with her, adding that it will take "therapy and mindfulness" to help her create change in her life, adding that she will be attempting to take a break from social media.
The podcast host is one of the busiest people in the radio and TV industry, with a radio show, hosting FBOY Island and being a judge on The Masked Singer, as well as her podcast, live shows and other work such as her clothing label Verbose, which recently seemingly shut down, and her beer Spill.
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