All in Burnout

Burnout Series Part III: Why Self-Care just isn't Cutting it

As I described in Burnout Part I and Part II, there are aspects of managing burnout that are within our control:

  • Structuring self-care activities into our life

  • Being curious about the reasons that make it hard to slow down, take care of ourselves, and not take on so much

  • Getting support in learning how to approach ourselves with more kindness and develop self-compassion

But what happens when we do all that good work to take care of ourselves, hold ourselves accountable, get support, and we still can’t seem to climb out of that pit of fatigue?

Burnout Series Part II: Why is it so hard to find balance?

In our first post about burnout, we explored the importance of taking an inventory of all the things that serve to replenish you (e.g.- sleep, time with friends, moderate exercise), and things that deplete you (e.g.- unclear expectations at work, a conflict-ridden relationship, being preoccupied with work).

However, sometimes changing things up with regard to input/output doesn't have the intended impact. If this is the case, we need to take a deeper look at ourselves and explore the underlying issues that contribute to burnout.