Hey Infinite Beings!
This is a topic near and not-so-dear to our hearts…BURNOUT! Episode 8 of the Infinite Well podcast — “Understanding burnout.” We delve into:
The tell tale signs of burnout
Kate and Natalie’s respective burnout stories
How burnout is generally glamorized as “hard work” in our society
Here’s the breakdown:
02:33 Kate says that after grad school she “got b*tch slapped by life”
03:45 Natalie makes the “empty tank” metaphor to describe what happens when you burnout and even if you make a drastic life-change like quitting your job, there’s still a long process of getting back your energy reserves
04:27 Kate describes the fear of being burned out again, “burnout re-injury”
05:26 Kate uses the “pulling up the blinds” metaphor
06:19 Natalie uses the “spinning plates” metaphor
07:43 Kate says that getting married opened her eyes to her burnout. She says “I’m not going to bring this misery into my marriage”
08:56 Natalie says our body’s wisdom “it starts as a whisper”
10:14 Kate says she asked herself “what advice would I be giving my clients?”
12:23 “Natalie describes burnout as a physical and psychological phenomenon where you are overworked, overburdened and overwhelmed by the different life responsibilities that you have.
15:40 Natalie speaks to how our society is chronically burned out and speaks to how a couple of generations ago there was much more separation between work and home life.
17:53 Natalie speaks to 1) wishing your life away, i.e. “I can’t wait until…” 2) not seeing burnout as a bad thing 3) thinking that getting sick often was normal 4) priding herself on her “go-getter” attitude and 5) having relied on being young to get away with burning the candle on both ends.
19:29 Article referenced — “The Tell Tale Signs of Burnout…Do You Have Them?” by Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D., published on PsychologyToday.com
23:41 Kate and Natalie at the exact same time say “herculean strength” to describe what it takes to move your body when you’re burned out
24:22 Kate shares that her therapist brought to her attention she might be suffering from adrenal fatigue
25:15 Kate explains what SIG-E-CAPS (signs of depression) stands for: Sleep, Interest, Guilt, Energy, Concentration, Appetite, Psychomotor, Suicidality
26:15 Natalie describes her experience of situational depression and how that was her lightbulb moment in which she realized that she was burned out
29:12 Kate and Natalie both speak to the difference in temperament and how that impacts one’s predisposition to burnout
31:15 Natalie describes how she thought that being burned out but continuing it on would get her some type of metaphorical badge of honor
33:01 Kate speaks to how when you deny emotional and spiritual needs long enough eventually it can manifest as physical illness or even death
33:43 Natalie says it’s hard to explain to other people your decision to leave a toxic job
35:22 Natalie starts to butcher a quote in French and then resorts to the English translation: “What’s essential is invisible to the eye” from Le Petit Prince. She gets a little help with the Fred Rogers connection from this article in Daily Stoic.
Without further ado, here is episode 8 of the Infinite Well podcast! Enjoy.
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