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Overwhelmed, Yet Doing Everything Right?

Can You Be Doing Everything Right and Still Get Overwhelmed? The short answer is, Yes!  Being overwhelmed is a common experience for sure, and sometimes we've already given a lot of attention to self-care, support from our community, and all the other things we need to do.   (That’s why Dr. Marnie and I included Capacity as an area of equal importance with the other four on the Burnout Shield.) Because we learn so much from case studies, this week I’m sharing (with permission) a recent conversation with one of my private coaching clients. We talked on one of her days off, after she tried out the free Anti-Burnout Quick Action Handbook that we released last week. (The Handbook is still available for free; if you’d like your own copy, go here.) Like many of the people I work with, this client is a hyper-competent professional, who always has several [...]

By |2019-01-13T22:38:07+00:00September 19th, 2017|General|0 Comments

What Is Your Career Risk of Burnout?

What is your career risk for burnout?  Does burnout sear your business with high costs?  If you're feeling burned out -- or if you suspect your co-worker is -- check out the stats in this week's sneak preview to find out how common burnout is in your line of work, as well as an overview of the financial costs of burnout. This preview combines two sections of Chapter 1: Do You Work in a High-Risk Career? Burnout is probably found in the highest concentrations in the human service professions, otherwise known as the “helper” professions, including nurses and other medical practitioners, teachers, social workers, lawyers, clergy members, police officers and other professions that deal with assisting the public. There are more studies of burnout in the medical field, social work and teaching than in many other fields. Lawyers and clergy have been the subjects of studies as well. However, because [...]

By |2017-09-12T02:07:14+00:00September 12th, 2017|Book Sneak Previews & News|0 Comments

News Burnout: Are You Feeling Overwhelmed?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by news burnout, or bad-news distress?  Perhaps you'll relate, as I do, to the following quote, taken from a social media post that appeared in my feed today from one of my beloved family members: I'm struggling with being really happy today in my personal life, but also crazy alarmed that the Northwest is on fire, it's raining ash, the air is so smoky you can look directly at the sun if you want to (Yesterday I caught myself staring at it for some time trying to decide whether I was looking at the moon or the sun. Turns out: sun, but no big deal.) Big parts of Texas are underwater, Puerto Rico and Florida have their own hurricane on the way, I don't even know WHAT'S going on in India but it looks like the apocalypse, our President is... truly just the worst and arguing [...]

By |2017-09-05T22:55:06+00:00September 5th, 2017|General|0 Comments

Know Your Burnout Warning Signs

In this book sneak preview, we share how and why you can learn to identify your own personal burnout warning signs, so that you can act on them as soon as they appear. Before the days of carbon-monoxide sensors, miners used to bring canaries in cages down with them, when they went to work underground.  When the canary began to die, the miners knew that oxygen levels in their miles-down workplace had become dangerously low, and they must leave immediately.  This is how the "canary in the coal mine" became a potent metaphor for an early indicator of potential danger or failure.You can can save yourself significant further stress, by teaching yourself to take specific positive action when one of these warning signs crop up . You can think of these burnout warning signs as your personal canary in the coal mine of burnout. Today, as well as this helpful excerpt, [...]

By |2017-08-30T20:28:12+00:00August 29th, 2017|Book Sneak Previews & News|0 Comments

Eclipse: Another Word for Burnout

Is burnout like a solar eclipse? Yesterday, I had the pleasure of watching the solar eclipse (well, 99% of it, anyway – the sky never went entirely dark for us) with my husband, my daughter, and my dog. It was a long slow event: one hour for the moon’s disk to slide over the sun; about two minutes of chilly peak eclipse time, and another hour as the moon receded. I was thinking about burnout while we watched – I think about burnout a lot! – and it struck me: another word for burnout could be “eclipse.”   I thought of fifteen ways that “eclipse” fits my experience and understanding of burnout. An Eclipse of Your Energy and Productivity Everything seems normal until you’re well into it. The sun appears to be shining as much as it always does. More and more over time, your burnout hides your brilliance from the [...]

By |2019-01-13T22:39:30+00:00August 22nd, 2017|General|0 Comments

Exhausted! I Pushed Myself Too Hard… Again

Exhausted.  Again.  When you love your work, when you've got a big heart and want to make a difference for as many people as possible, it can be easy to push yourself way too hard. Knowing I am the co-author of a book called "Save Yourself from Burnout," you might think I would not let that happen to me.  Sadly for me, if you did think that, you'd be wrong. I am excited to get the word out about the book, because I want to get help for burnout into the hands of many people as possible.  In service of that goal, by last Saturday, I was exhausted.  I knew that if I didn't return to following my own system, I'd end up useless to the very people I so want to help. Time to walk my talk. And despite my embarrassment about being out of alignment with my own [...]

By |2019-01-13T22:40:28+00:00August 15th, 2017|General|0 Comments

How Magneto Will Make You Protect Your Downtime

Do you protect your downtime?  If your weeks include precious little time you can truly call your own, that can be a huge red flag for burnout risk. Let's admit it right up front: finding ways to protect your downtime can be super-hard.  Most of us have a myriad reasons for laying ourselves open to the claims of others on our time, because we genuinely want to help make this world a better place. And we genuinely feel responsible for our bit of it.  And sometimes, we really are.  That's why getting good at figuring out when it's legit for us to withdraw our attention and our energy from others' concerns is a key anti-burnout skill. Sometimes, the worst can be if we self-assigned the problem.  In that case, because of how our brains work, we can find it incredibly hard to unhook ourselves even when we've realized it's not [...]

By |2017-08-01T05:07:58+00:00August 1st, 2017|General|0 Comments

Can a Vacation Cure Burnout?

Can a vacation cure burnout? Not as a solo strategy. But a well-designed vacation CAN jump-start your healing and recovery. What research there is on this question is clear: although your vacation, by itself, will not provide a lasting cure for burnout, today's sneak preview from Save Yourself from Burnout discusses how you can make your vacation into a powerful experience to jump-start your healing and recovery. (I lightly edited this sneak preview to fit as a blog post.) Strengthen Your Burnout Shield with a Well-Designed Vacation In an earlier preview of Save Yourself from Burnout, we talked about burnout as a type of physical workplace injury.  We challenge you to consider burnout as an injury when thinking about your next vacation, because that leads you to set your next vacation's purpose as healing and recovery. How well does your vacation plan cultivate the five Key Areas of your Burnout Shield: [...]

By |2019-01-13T22:41:28+00:00July 25th, 2017|Book Sneak Previews & News|0 Comments

Severe Burnout? Try a “Save Yourself Sleep Plan”

A Save Yourself Sleep Plan can lessen the miserable exhaustion of severe burnout.  Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?  Step by step, you can feel a lot better. Vacations, by themselves, are not enough to banish severe burnout. Even worse, if your exhaustion is severe, participating in an active vacation can deepen your burnout. However, a simple, clear, four-step Save Yourself Sleep Plan can bring you back to feeling much more energized.  When you commit to it, this plan works.  It's up to you how fast you move through it, and how committed you are.Short-circuit it by skimping on one of the steps, then you’ll either lose much of its benefits, or else you'll spend much longer to get them. If you’re reading this, I am pretty sure you are a go-getter. (Or you were, before burnout set in.) Unfortunately, that excellent quality is part of [...]

By |2017-07-18T00:44:30+00:00July 18th, 2017|Book Sneak Previews & News|0 Comments

Burnout’s Brain Effects

Burnout's brain effects can be devastating. People with burnout often experience: Brain fog Dangerous inattention leading to low productivity and increased accidents Unpleasant mood changes (to themselves, not to mention to the people around them!) In this latest sneak preview (lightly edited to fit in a blog post) from our upcoming book, Save Yourself from Burnout: A System, to Get Your Life Back, we give you a useful framework for understanding what happens to your brain when you're burned out, as well as a low-energy but highly effective way to help turn these effects around. "You Wire What You Fire" Certain brain scans can show which part of the brain is active when people participate in different activities. When scientists do scans on burned-out people as they work, and compare them to the brains of non-burned out people as they work, it shows that burned out brains are active in different [...]

By |2019-01-13T22:42:37+00:00July 10th, 2017|Book Sneak Previews & News|0 Comments