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Burnout is not depression or anxiety, although its symptoms may be similar. Understanding the nuances of burnout is crucial for creating an action plan to prevent burnout as well as designing a burnout recovery journey.

Optimism is one of the first things that starts to leave us as burnout takes hold, which is why that is something to be mindful of. When our brains are functioning normally, we see challenges as exciting and as opportunities for growth, but as we slide into burnout, we begin to lose the ability to seek out and grab onto those opportunities.
Self-compassion is a key tool in recovering from burnout. Finding bright spots in your day, making time for yourself, and looking for opportunities to make positive shifts in your life are all part of putting the power of self-compassion to work. Prioritize things like sleep, eating well, and giving your brain and body a rest from screens and the noise around you.
Protecting against burnout or sponsoring your burnout recovery means setting healthy boundaries with your time at the end of each day. There are self-healing exercises you can do to help your brain know the time to drive and work hard is over and the opportunity for rest and rejuvenation is upon you. The video series below can help you with that.

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For Burnout

Managing Burnout: A 31-Video Series

Let’s talk Burnout. Join Dr. Kate Truitt in unpacking what Burnout (and is not!), assessing your Burnout status, and beginning to take actionable steps to build your proactive Burnout protection as well as healing program. Burnout is an occupational phenomenon defined as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed,” and is marked by exhaustion or energy depletion, heightened mental distance or negative or cynical feelings related to a job, and “reduced professional efficacy,” according to the World Health Organization.
These are unprecedented times and as pressure in our external environment rise – our internal environment is going to change too. Stress, worry, uncertainty, and fear about the world we live in does not stop at the threshold to our homes – it infiltrates. The good news is that when we know what yellow, or even red, flags to look for AND we know how to harness the power of neuroplasticity to create functional change – we can (and will!) set ourselves up for success! Just because the world feels out of control doesn’t mean we have to too.

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Treatment for Stress and Burnout

…If you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.

—Dalai Lama

Burnout is not depression or anxiety. It is a gradual, escalating process of stress that eventually overwhelms the brain.

Do you feel lately like you have not been living up to the expectations you have for yourself personally and professionally? Are you feeling less excitement and engagement when faced with challenges than you did before?  Do you feel you are losing some of your former optimism, perhaps becoming negative or cynical? If so, you could be experiencing more than anxiety—you might be on the road to burnout.


Although burnout is most associated with conditions in high-stress workplaces, anyone who feels chronically overworked and under-appreciated can suffer from it, and that includes the those in the job of being a full-time parent. Burnout doesn’t engulf you quickly as does grief or a traumatizing event. Burnout is a gradual, escalating process of stress that eventually overwhelms the brain, causing symptoms that include mental and physical exhaustion, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, a sense of failure or defeat, reduced satisfaction and lowered productivity, detachment and loss of motivation, and physical manifestations such as headaches and muscle aches.


Part of the World Health Organization definition of burnout calls it chronic stress that has not been successfully managed. That is where the Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates therapy team comes in. We have developed self-healing tools to deal with burnout. There are number of assertiveness strategies, brain hacks and self-compassion tools you can develop to help you set boundaries, delegate tasks more effectively, and create time and space for yourself. Let us show you how to take deliberate steps throughout your day to reset, reinvigorate and recharge so you can get past burnout and live your most fulfilled life.

Contact the Dr.Truitt & Associates team today For a complimentary consultation. 

To learn more about therapy and self-care for burnout, see our 31-video series titled, “Managing Burnout” in the sidebar of this article, or click here. Also see our blog article titled, “Overcoming Burnout: Self Compassion Provides the Healing Touch.”

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